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UEL gets official stamp of approval for degree apprenticeships

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Employers assured of quality after UEL is accepted onto new Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers

The University of East London (UEL) has been given an official stamp of approval for its new degree apprenticeships following confirmation by the Skills Funding Agency that the University has been accepted onto the new Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP).

From 1 May, any organisation that wants to deliver apprenticeship training must be listed on the RoATP, which gives employers the assurance that they are working with high-quality providers.

All listed providers were required to go through an exhaustive application process that included legal and financial checks and tests of the organisation’s quality, capacity and capability.

Professor John Joughin, the UEL Vice-Chancellor, said, “We are delighted to be included on the register, which is an endorsement of the high-quality degree apprenticeships we are offering and the outstanding teaching and facilities that employers can expect by choosing us as their apprenticeship training provider.”

Following the success of its application, UEL is now fully approved to deliver apprenticeship training for employers paying the new Apprenticeship Levy, which came into force on April 6.

The levy requires organisations with an annual pay bill of more than £3million to pay 0.5 per cent of the total into an apprenticeship digital account.

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

The University is offering five degree apprenticeships for the next academic year, giving apprentices the opportunity to ‘earn and learn’ by combining degree-level study at UEL with their working week.

One of the degree apprenticeships – Digital and Technology Solutions Professional – began last September.

Four new courses 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.

Any employers who would like to discuss the apprenticeship training opportunities on offer at UEL, please email degreeapprenticeships@uel.ac.uk or ring 0208 223 2337.