A new initiative which allows employees to earn while they learn has been launched at Teesside University.
The University is now offering Higher and Degree Apprenticeships which allow businesses to jointly design qualifications and apprenticeship standards which they know will meet their requirements by developing the right skills for employees.
The Higher and Degree Apprenticeships are part-funded by the Government and, unlike traditional apprenticeships, there is no age restriction.
Teesside is already offering a Higher Apprenticeship in Health (Assistant Practitioner) which has been developed to meet the needs of the health profession. On completion of the apprenticeship, the student receives a Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care Practice from Teesside University.
From September, Teesside University Business School will offer a Degree Apprenticeship, the Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship, which alongside a BA (Hons) Management Practice, also awards the successful apprentice with membership of the Chartered Management Institute.
A Degree Apprenticeship in Fire Scene Investigation is also being developed with Teesside University’s School of Science & Engineering, supporting the creation of a brand new apprenticeship standard via a new Trailblazer group.
Dr Ruth Helyer, the University’s Head of Skills, said: “The Higher and Degree Apprenticeships are excellent for both employers and employees.
“Because the qualifications which are part of the apprenticeships have been developed in consultation with senior managers and employers, businesses can be assured that they will meet their specific needs. They will also benefit from Government funding.
“Students will begin their studies in the knowledge that they have a job from day one. They also won’t have to worry about fees as these are met by their employer and the Government.”
At Teesside, nearly 100 students are already enrolled on the Higher Apprenticeship in Health from both NHS employers and independent sectors.
The course has been designed for employees who work in healthcare alongside a registered practitioner.
Most of the study is work-based with the equivalent of 20% of the working week dedicated to learning at University.
Linda Nelson, Assistant Dean (Business Engagement and Collaborative Provision) in Teesside University’s School of Health & Social Care, said: “Once students have completed the Higher Apprenticeship they can progress on to a pre-registration professional programme and their previous learning is recognised. Examples include Nursing, Radiography and Operating Department Practice.
“By completing the apprenticeship, they’re opening up many more opportunities for a professional career.
“The feedback from students has been extremely positive. The course is really helping them make the link between theory and practice.”
For more information about qualifications offered by Teesside University visit www.tees.ac.uk and for further information about Higher and Degree Apprenticeships contact Dr Ruth Helyer,firstname.lastname@example.org.