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University of East London promises ‘seamless transition’ from education to work with new apprenticeship degree courses

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UEL offering a top class opportunity to industry employees

The University of East London (UEL) has announced it will begin offering four higher and degree apprenticeships for 200 students from September 2016. The courses will be delivered by UEL’s School of Architecture, Computing, and Engineering (ACE).

Employees in relevant industries will have the chance to apply via their employer, for a UEL apprenticeship in construction site management, construction design management, civil engineering site management and digital and technology solutions.

Professor Hassan Abdalla, Dean of the School of ACE, said, “ACE has been offering professionally accredited degrees for a number of years, coupled with good industry work-placements for students, and top-quality facilities.

“The new apprenticeship degree qualification is for us, a natural progression. We want to provide a seamless transition from education to employment.”

Around 200 highly competitive places will be available to suitable applicants, who will learn the essential skills, knowledge, behaviours and specialisms in their chosen field, offering a unique academic and vocational qualification.

The design and delivery of the new courses has been carried out in consultation with the School’s partners in industry, including Costain, Thames Water, Atkins, Crossrail, Fujitsu, and Siemens. Input from Network Rail, TfL, BT, Oracle, and Accenture helped develop the professional standards for the courses. 

Professor Nora Ann Colton, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) has played an instrumental role in bringing the higher and degree apprenticeships to UEL.

Professor Colton said, “In an increasingly competitive jobs market, employers are looking for well-qualified, job-ready graduates, which is exactly what our new courses will provide.

“The mix of vocational and professional competency training and solid theoretical learning will put our apprenticeship students in good stead for the future.”

The apprenticeships are highly valued in industry, with government-backed research showing that employers view qualified higher apprentices as 25 percent more employable than those who took another route into work.

The same research also suggests that those with a higher apprenticeship could see increased earnings of around £150,000 over a lifetime. Similar research findings were found by the education think tank, the Sutton Trust.

UEL is also to opening a University Technical College for 14-18 years olds in September this year. Students will benefit from specialist design and engineering apprenticeships at level 2 and 3, with the opportunity to pursue an apprenticeship degree with UEL at level 4-6.