Higher Apprenticeship opportunities

As a University and provider of apprenticeships at all levels we want to ensure that apprentices are able to progress into higher level learning and acquire the accreditation and recognition that professional skills can give.

This approach is vital for businesses to attract new talent and for young people and adults to see Apprenticeships as a route to professional status and senior job roles. Higher Apprenticeships are critical to the economy: they respond to employers’ higher level skills needs, support business growth, meet individuals’ career aspirations and enhance opportunities for social mobility.

In a recent communication, Deputy apprenticeships chief Jennifer Coupland says  “One of the most welcome elements of recent apprenticeship expansion has been the growth of Higher Apprenticeships, giving businesses and young people the opportunity to develop higher and specialist skills through the programme. We want to expand Higher and particularly Degree Apprenticeships to support growth and ensure that young people have more opportunities to secure a degree or postgraduate degree from a University through an apprenticeship route.”

Taking the above into account it is essential that University of Derby along with its partners develops a strategy which identifies the key actions needed for strategic development and growth of the apprenticeship programmes especially higher and degree apprenticeships.

USPU is working to ensure that the University delivers inspirational and innovative apprenticeships and apprentices that positively impact on business and the wider community, thereby enabling the University and its partners to be recognised as the ‘best in class’ provider of HAs.

The University currently delivers Higher Apprenticeships in the following sectors:

  • Mineral Products Technology
  • Health (Assistant Practitioner)
  • Work Based Learning Practitioners (to also include Foundation Degree for post 14 Education 7 Training)
  • Advanced Manufacturing Engineering
  • IT, Software, Web & Telecoms Professional

We are also working with Trailblazer groups looking at new standards in the following areas:

  • Mineral Products
  • Education and Training
  • Accounting
  • Construction
  • Health (Assistant Practitioner, Nursing)
  • Engineering
  • Security Management
  • Hospitality

And there has never been a better time to get involved : recent government announcements have confirmed that funding may be available, subject to eligibility, for higher education that sits within an approved higher apprenticeship programme.

The University is keen to work with partners/employers across all sectors to develop Higher Apprenticeships; if you have employers with potential jobs which could form the basis of a higher apprenticeship or want further information on how to get involved then please contact Julie Harris on 01332 597859 or email j.harris@derby.ac.uk