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UEL's Degree Apprenticeships evening a resounding success for young people

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Event helped young people plan their futures

A special degree apprenticeships evening organised by the University of East London (UEL) has proved a resounding success among the young people who attended, as they plan their futures.  

Held on Wednesday 7 March as part of UEL’s National Apprenticeship Week celebrations, a total of 25 young people were treated to an evening of presentations by current and former apprentices, local colleges, and employers, who gave the audience the low-down on why apprenticeships are a great next step. 

Jagjit Singh, 19, is currently employed as an apprentice, and is planning to take the next step up to start a degree-level apprenticeship. He said, “I’ve really enjoying my apprenticeship and I’m keen to progress in the cyber security area, so UEL would be a good option for me.

“Talking to current apprentices was also really useful, and making personal contact with UEL staff will be helpful as I plan my future.” 

The event opened with an inspiring introduction by Professor Hassan Abdalla, Pro-Vice Chancellor Dean of UEL’s College of Arts, Technology, and Innovation, who told attendees about the many high-profile industry leaders who began their careers as apprentices. 

Leonie, 17, came with a friend, wanting to learn more. “I found the event really useful, lots of information to take away and real-life examples of people who’ve done an apprenticeship, so I’m glad I came,” she said.

There were also presentations by representatives from local colleges including Havering College of Further and Higher Education, New City College, and Blue Engineering, rounded-off with a panel which included the first-hand experiences of an Accenture apprentice who studies at UEL. 

Pablo Sarabia and his friend Michael Ojunleye, both 17, travelled from south London for the occasion. “We’re both looking to do apprenticeships in the business area,” explained Pablo. “The evening was worth the trek here, and I feel much better informed.” 

Michael agreed, adding, “I found the UEL literature and the talk by Blue Engineering really good.” 

Guy Thomas, Degree Apprenticeship Manager at UEL, said, “The earn while you learn appeal of a degree apprenticeship is proving popular, and I’m delighted that so many of the young people travelled from far and wide to find out more.” 

UEL works with national and local employers, who send their apprentices to UEL for their academic studies. The University also has its own group of apprentices, who are employed at the UEL and combine work with study.

The University currently offers BA (Hons) Chartered Manager, BSc (Hons) Civil Engineer and BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Professional degree apprenticeships.  The University is also planning to offer new apprenticeships in nursing, teaching and construction in the coming year.