Cumbria represented at degree apprenticeship conference

Cumbria represented at degree apprenticeship conference

The University of Cumbria’s Principal Lecturer in Criminology Policing and Social Science has been invited to take part in a prestigious event later this month aimed at showcasing degree apprenticeships.

Julian Parker-McLeod is due to talk about the work the university has been carrying out at a conference in London organised by Universities UK on February 28th.

“We’re finalising plans for the course now and interest is growing especially since the College of Policing announced that all new police officers in England and Wales will be educated to degree level by 2020,” Mr Parker McLeod said. ”It’s great to be asked to contribute to the event at a time of great opportunity for higher education.”

The University of Cumbria has its own thriving criminology department which has evolved from a partnership with Cumbria Constabulary established in 2007. £441,000 has been invested in the development of the policing apprenticeship with the University of Cumbria leading a consortium of 10 other institutions to provide this qualification alongside employers and the College of Policing.

The government has set a target of 3 million apprenticeships to be delivered by 2020 and, with the introduction the apprenticeship levy just weeks away, universities are being encouraged to promote degree apprenticeships.