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DEGREE APPRENTICESHIPS – THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE QUALIFICATIONS

This year, the 14th annual National Apprenticeship Week (#NAW2021) ran from Monday 8th February through to Sunday 14th February 2021 with the theme ‘BUILD THE FUTURE’ and the University of Wolverhampton spent the week celebrating and showcasing the impact Apprenticeships have on communities, local businesses and regional economies.

Nicky Westwood, Director of Apprenticeships at the University of Wolverhampton, told Prosper, “The week showed how our Apprentices are making a vital contribution to our communities. 

“We’ve also seen how employers have stepped up to support our local economies in these unprecedented times.

“Degree Apprenticeships aren’t just qualifications, they are about people and, throughout the week, we highlighted their stories and showcased their achievements.

“Whether they’re saving lives or working on the frontline, contributing to sustainability, creating a safe built environment for the future, keeping us safe, upholding the law or teaching future generations, our Apprentices are the leaders of the future, are safeguarding the welfare of our children and families and engineering new ways of manufacturing.

“We have been proud to take some time out to tell our Apprentices’ stories during this important week, raising the profile of benefits a higher-level education can bring – not only to businesses but to the individuals who work there.  

“It’s apt that the week ended on Valentine’s day because our Apprentices have shown that they are all heart.”

Recently, the University celebrated four years of providing Degree Apprenticeships, helping to plug skills gaps in key industry sectors across the region and further afield.

The University opened its Apprenticeship Hub four years ago and, since then, has welcomed over 900 Degree Apprentices onto programmes, growing its work-based learning of Higher and Degree Apprenticeships with growth at more than 250% since opening.

Faculties now offer 17 Higher and Degree Apprenticeships and the University works with over 350 employers and local authorities including Telford & Wrekin, Dudley, Walsall, Shropshire, Staffordshire and Sandwell Councils, public and private health care providers such as the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, Walsall NHS Trust and Priory Group as well as a number of small and medium-sized employers.

The University is also part of the West Midlands Apprenticeship Ambassador Network – a group of employers that actively promote Apprenticeships by engaging in a range of activities and events that demonstrate how they enable progression opportunities to both Apprentices and employers.

Check out the range of case studies on the University website covering healthcare, digital, manufacturing engineering, teaching, built environment, construction, architecture and leadership and management.

Employers who are interested in talking to the Apprenticeship Hub about Degree Apprenticeships check out the website, telephone 0800 953 3222 or email apprenticeshiphub@wlv.ac.uk

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