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UEL showcases degree apprenticeships to employers

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Host of prestigious companies hear about five new degree apprenticeships on offer at UEL

The University of East London (UEL) unveiled bold plans to fill the growing skills gap across the capital when it showcased its new portfolio of degree apprenticeship courses to local employers.

Some of London’s biggest employers – including Accenture, Pearson, Travis Perkins, Sir Robert McAlpine, ENGIE, VolkerWessels and City Cruises – gathered at the University’s Knowledge Dock to hear how UEL will be taking a leading role in delivering high-quality degree apprenticeships tailored to employers’ needs.

The courses offer apprentices the opportunity to ‘earn and learn’ by combining bachelor’s or master’s degree level study at UEL with their working week.

One of the degree apprenticeships – Digital and Technology Solutions Professional – began last September with accreditation from the Tech Partnership and has already attracted apprentices from Barclays, DG3 and UEL itself.

Mark Aris, Director of DG3, said, "I would highly recommend the apprenticeships at the University of East London to employers who are looking for courses to challenge their apprentices. 

“Since our apprentice began her course at UEL her knowledge and overall confidence have both improved significantly and have made her a real asset to our business.

“I also value the relationship with the team at UEL where during regular review sessions we discuss progress and future directives which assist all parties moving forward.”

Four new programmes will commence in September this year, subject to validation: Chartered Manager (developed in collaboration with the Chartered Management Institute); Construction Site Manager; Civil Engineering Site Manager; and Construction Design Manager.

The Chartered Manager programme will be taught in UEL’s Royal Docks School of Business and Law in Stratford. The remaining four programmes will be delivered in the School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering (ACE) at UEL’s Docklands campus.

Professor Hassan Abdalla, Dean of the School of ACE, said, “The UK is projected to be facing a shortage of more than 400,000 skilled workers by 2020, so degree apprenticeships will play a crucial part in plugging the gap by equipping young people with the skills employers require.

“Locally, the programmes being offered by UEL will be vital in delivering thousands of skilled workers to the huge infrastructure and construction projects taking place in east London, not least the forthcoming £1billion ABP Royal Docks development next to UEL’s Docklands campus.”

As well as training their workforce, the new degree apprenticeship offer an additional attraction to employers – the chance to recoup money they have spent on the new apprenticeship levy.

This levy, which comes into force in April 2017, requires organisations with an annual pay bill of more than £3million to pay 0.5 per cent of the total into an apprenticeship service account.

They can then draw down this money to pay for apprenticeship training at a Government-approved training provider such as UEL.

The Government is also applying a 10 per cent top-up on funds, which means that for every £1 an employer pays into the account, the employer gets £1.10 to spend on training.