The Higher/Degree Apprentices attended Introduction Days recently along with their employers for an overview of the facilities on offer and to learn more about studying while earning.

84 new students are studying for a range of Degree Apprenticeships in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University’s Telford Innovation Centre and Wolverhampton’s City Campus.

32 businesses including Interclass plc, Turner & Townsend, Wates and Atkins Global are taking part in the new Higher/Degree Apprenticeship programmes.

Apprentices will be studying for Higher/Degree Apprenticeships in Construction Management (Built Environment, Architecture and Civil Engineering), Chartered Surveying, Civil Engineering, Digital Technologies Solutions Professional, Healthcare Science Practitioner, Manufacturing Engineering and Design and Development Engineering.

Michele Roberts, Head of the Apprenticeship Hub at the University, said:

“The University has been running its successful Apprenticeship programmes for over a year and we now have 400 Apprentices studying across three of our faculties – with more coming on board this new academic year.

“This is another important milestone for the University’s ambition to provide a range of Degree Apprenticeships, helping a wide range of employers both locally and further afield to use Apprenticeship Levy funds to invest in the skills needed to lead and grow a competitive workforce.”

David Jones, Managing Director at Interclass plc, said:

“Having experienced last year’s apprenticeship programme, supporting such enthusiastic young minds further drives our company’s business potential for the future.”

Lily Smith, an Architecture and Surveyors Degree Apprentice, said:

“I gain knowledge within the industry and hands on experience in the workplace, as well as learning all the additional content while attending University.”

Designed by employers, universities and professional bodies, Degree Apprenticeships deliver high-tech and high level skills and offer an alternative to a traditional degree course. Bringing together university study with paid work, Degree Apprentices spend part of their time at university and part with their employer.

Employers interested in learning more about Degree Apprenticeships should contact the Apprenticeship Hub on 01902 321000 or email: enquiries@wlv.ac.uk.