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Essex University to launch Government-backed degree apprenticeships

Published: Friday, 09 September 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

Essex University is to offer Government-backed degree apprenticeships in order to help companies develop talented youngsters within the high-tech sector.

The university’s School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering has been given the approval to launch two programmes, BEng Electronic Engineering and BSc Digital and Technology Solutions.

One of the main advantages for students on the course is the opportunity to split their study time between the workplace and classroom.

The Government will support students by subsidising two-thirds of the £9,000 course fee, while a range of financial incentives are also on offer for smaller firms.

Government ministers are eager to try and increase the number of apprenticeship starts to three million by the year 2020, having first launched the programmes a year ago.

More than 20 universities from up and down the UK are enrolled, offering degree apprenticeship in subjects such as aerospace engineering, chartered surveying and PR.

High level of demand

There is expected to be an unprecedented level of demand in the UK for people that possess high-calibre science, technology, engineering and maths skills, according to Dr Anthony Vickers, from the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering at the University of Essex.

Degree apprentices will provide students with a significant head start to their career, due to the opportunity to gain real practical skills while also completing a degree.

The School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering already have an extremely high graduate-level employment rate and the new offerings are only expected to improve that figure.

Those enrolled on the three-year BEng Electronic Engineering courses will focus on embedded software and electronics, which includes seven months of teaching each year as well as extra vocational learning.

Apprentices studying for a BSc Digital and Technology Solutions will be able to acquire an industry-standard qualification whilst also developing skills in technology and software development.

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