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University of Sheffield unveils innovative degree level apprenticeships

Published: Saturday, 18 July 2015   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

An innovative new educational approach from the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) is set to provide apprenticeships with more advanced degree options.

Successful apprentices will be able to study vocational university degrees as part of their training, helping to enhance skills levels.

The apprenticeships are industry approved and should help to develop advanced relations between universities and businesses – tackling the UK’s purported productivity problem.

Sheffield will become one of the first universities to provide quality advanced manufacturing Foundation, Undergraduate and Masters degrees using the apprenticeship model that is jointly funded with businesses. 

Minister for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson, announced the plans when visiting the AMRC and 
said the plans could significantly boost innovation and productivity. 

She added that it would plug gaps in certain skill sets and help companies to re-shore to Britain from across all parts of the manufacturing sector.

Funding worth £1.6 million from the Higher Education Funding Council for England will make the new educational pathway possible.

The finance aims to increase the number of people who are capable of accessing university education to enhance engineering standards in the UK.

Ms Johnson spoke of developing a skilled workforce and of promoting opportunities to ensure that everyone can access a rewarding career alongside sought-after qualifications.

“The new degree-level apprenticeship programme being developed by the University of Sheffield with employers will provide a way for students to take their capabilities to advanced levels, and not only means brighter prospects for them, but provides a stronger talent pool for businesses,” she explained.

Vocational routes provide a new way of entering the engineering sector and helps to create a more diverse workforce that are capable of dealing with a broad range of technical issues.

University of Sheffield vice-chancellor Professor Sir Keith Burnett added that institutions can play a “key role” in driving innovation, alongside economic growth and jobs creation.

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