A decade after the first national apprenticeship week was held, the 2017 event heralds exciting opportunities for candidates, employers and the University of Cumbria.
Degree apprenticeships are being introduced for the first time this year and offer an alternative route to degree qualifications by encouraging more people to choose apprenticeships as a fast-track to a great career.
“The introduction of the apprenticeship levy in April 2017 will bring new approaches to apprenticeships and workplace learning in Cumbria,” Ewan Pullan, employment engagement manager says. “The University of Cumbria is actively developing a range of new higher and degree level apprenticeships (HLDA) for employers in the region.”
The university has a great track record of working closely with public and private industry to tailor training according to business need.
"University of Cumbria has been key to the successful delivery of the Project Management (PM) Apprenticeship Programme at Sellafield,” Wes Robinson, Project Delivery Directorate Training and Programme Owner for Project Management Apprenticeships at Sellafield Ltd said. “I’m delighted that our Year 2 & 3 Project Management apprentices carry out the FdSc in Project Management with UoC through our Project Academy for Sellafield partnership and I'm hopeful that some of the PM apprentices will go on to achieve a BSc top up in Project Management before the end of their 4 year scheme.
UoC has also been a key member of the Project Management development group for Trailblazer Apprenticeships. The development group which is led by Sellafield Ltd, on behalf of HM Government, produced an Apprenticeship at Level 4 (associate Project Manager) that was launched at the House of Commons in November 2016.
The Success of the Level 4 approval led to the team being given approval by HM Government to now produce a Level 6 Degree standard (Project Manager) which UoC are helping us to develop and we plan to be available for use in September 2017.”
This kind of collaboration is exactly what the university is able to offer; bespoke training, in Cumbria, of a quality that counts for people who want to make their careers in the county.
“We are currently hosting a series of employer events which are designed to explain changes to the education and training landscape, provide updates on the new funding system and stimulate thinking about how higher level apprenticeships can be utilised to maximise benefits to their workforce and their business,” Ewan Pullan from the University of Cumbria explains. “The most recent events focused on our HLDA developments for Project Management (level 4), ILM Operations Departmental Manager (level 5) and Chartered Manager Degree (level 6). Other course developments are focused on providing public sector provision for areas such as Policing, Health and Teaching.”
Ten years on, Apprenticeship Week this year, could well provide the spark needed to make the most of new opportunities now available in Cumbria to businesses big and small.
Through working closely with employers to develop apprenticeship courses we can ensure that they benefit both the employer and the apprentice. If you are an employer, or an individual with your employer's backing to study an apprenticeship, get in touch today, either through our Apprenticeship Hub web pages or contact our Employer Engagement Manager email@example.com.