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UEL announces great apprenticeship opportunity for young people to 'earn while they learn'

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Leading employers due to attend apprenticeship information evening in Stratford on March 7

A unique event organised by the University of East London (UEL) is set to put apprenticeships firmly on the map, offering young people and their parents the chance to network with top employers and hear first-hand from apprentices themselves.

The UEL ‘Higher and Degree Apprenticeships Info Evening’, will be taking place on Wednesday 7 March, in the Great Hall at the University’s Stratford campus, and a number of leading employers will be in attendance.

Guy Thomas, Degree Apprenticeship Manager at UEL, said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for college and further education students and their parents in the area who are thinking about the next step.

“Higher and degree apprenticeships mean you get a job and still go to university and study while you work. It means you earn while you learn.”

Accenture, Barclays Bank, Ardmore and several borough councils and NHS trusts are among those on the lookout for new apprentices in the area.

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.

One of the UEL apprentices is Joseph Howard, 20, who is employed as a junior computing analyst while studying for a BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Professional degree apprenticeship.

He said, “I initially went straight into a normal undergraduate degree at another university, which was good for theory, but wasn't for me. The UEL apprenticeship gives me a better balance of working in a professional environment alongside relevant study, and I'm earning a salary.”

Ahmed Kayyum, 20, is on the same degree apprenticeship as Joseph. He is employed at UEL as a junior IT security analyst. 

He said, “For me, it was a very obvious choice. I want to work, earn, and get a degree, and studying at UEL means I don't have to move around the country to do that.”

UEL 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.

UEL launched its first degree apprenticeships in September 2016 with three apprentices. They now have more than 50 apprentices studying at the University, and expect to have many more starting in 2018.

The event is held during National Apprenticeships week (#naw2018 on Twitter), which is aimed at celebrating apprentices and promoting apprenticeships as a great choice for school and college leavers.

You can book your place at the UEL info evening here.