PROSPER MAGAZINE: ISSUE 01 | SECTOR FOCUS
HNC HIGHER APPRENTICESHIP LAUNCHED BY IN-COMM TRAINING AND THE UNIVERSITY OF WOLVERHAMPTON
Budding engineers can take a vocational route all the way to a Degree thanks to an exciting new partnership between In-Comm Training and the University of Wolverhampton.
HNC Higher Apprenticeships have been launched in the West Midlands this month and have already attracted 20 people who are looking for a more practical route to gaining the highest possible competences and qualifications.
The HNC element of the programme is an intensive year-long course, which can be funded by the Apprenticeship Levy and features 12 technical modules with the learning being delivered at In-Comm’s state-of-the-art technical academy in Aldridge and the University’s dedicated engineering campus.
The competence element of the programme runs alongside, with the learner producing a portfolio of evidence complementing the knowledge undertaken in the HNC.
Participants on the course have the opportunity to focus their learning through elements, such as engineering and manufacture, design, research, business improvement techniques and new product development.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for young people and more mature workers to gain competences and technical skills that will provide an accelerated pathway to higher education and career progression,” explained Bekki Phillips, Managing Director at In-Comm Training.
“For the first time, someone who has completed a Level 2 or Level 3 Engineering Apprenticeship can accelerate their learning by completing the HNC Higher Apprenticeship that will then lead to their Degree Apprenticeship.”
She continued: “This ultimately means that from starting an apprenticeship at 16 you could have the equivalent of a degree by the time you are 22 - better still you have six years of on-the-job training and experience and no tuition fees to pay.
“From a company point of view, you can access funding through the levy to upskill your people to the highest possible level or even give existing workers the opportunity to broaden their technical horizons.”
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FURTHER EDUCATION COLLEGE OF THE YEAR
Sandwell College celebrated a major win when it beat off strong competition from other regional institutions to be named as Further Education College of the Year 2019.
The annual awards celebrate the outstanding contributions of those making a difference to the education sector in the West Midlands with winners unveiled at a glittering awards ceremony.
Judges were impressed with how staff teaching at Sandwell College has impacted students and their lives with the college-going the extra mile to help students to become high achievers.
Each winner will have the opportunity to work with their category’s industry sponsor on a project filmed and showcased at next year’s awards. The awards partnered with the Pearson Teaching Awards with all winners entered into the televised ceremony, which gets aired on BBC’s Classroom Heroes.