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Launch of new degree apprenticeships at the University of East London (UEL)

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Peers, MPs and industry leaders to attend launch of new degree apprenticeships at UEL

The rapid development of east London is receiving an extra boost from the University of East London (UEL) with the launch of its new degree apprenticeships on Thursday 16 June from 4-5pm. 

The launch event, which is taking place in the Sports Dock at UEL’s Docklands campus, will be attended by Lord Dennis Tunnicliffe, Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham, and the Rt Hon Stephen Timms, MP for East Ham, as well as government officials, no table industry leaders and senior representatives of the local business communities, such as the Newham Chamber of Commerce and the East London Business Alliance. Terry Morgan CBE, Chairman of Crossrail, will deliver one of the keynote addresses.

Commenting on the launch, Terry Morgan said, “Apprenticeships are going to be crucial for the continued growth of the UK economy over the coming years and in maintaining our world leaderships in key sectors like digital technologies, engineering and construction.

“UEL’s offer in both of these sectors, in collaboration with leading national and international employers, is therefore vital to the success of this scheme and to the employability of young people in east London and beyond.”

The University has been assigned 200 degree apprenticeship places by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) and will offer four courses beginning in September in Digital and Technology Solutions, Civil Engineering Site Management, Construction Site Management and Construction Design Management.

These degree apprenticeships have been developed by two consortia formed by key employers in partnership with academic institutions such as UEL who have a track record of successfully delivering vocational education that meets the needs of industry.

The employers, many of whom sit on UEL’s industrial advisory boards, include Accenture, Atkins, AECOMM, Barclays, BT, Costain, Crossrail, Fujitsu, Kier, Laing O’Rourke, Overbury, Siemens, Skanska, Taylor Woodrow, Thames Water, Wates and Vinci.

The apprenticeships will enable successful candidates to gain a ‘degree with no fees.’ Candidates will need to undergo a rigorous selection process and secure employment before they can be admitted to the scheme but UEL will work closely with its industrial partners in helping match prospective applicants to suitable vacancies. 

The new degree apprenticeships will delivered on a day-release scheme, meaning apprentices will attend UEL to acquire the relevant professional knowledge and necessary practical skills while in employment.  

Highlighting the benefit to young people and industry, Professor Hassan Abdulla, Dean of UEL’s School of Architecture, Computing, and Engineering, said, “The digital technologies and civil engineering and construction sectors are crucial to the regeneration of east London.

“The degree apprenticeships will play a major role in providing thousands of jobs – not least in the forthcoming £1billion Asian Business Port development adjacent to UEL’s Docklands campus.

“Our scheme will play an important role in providing young people with rewarding careers and help them shape the environment in which we live.”

Members of the media are invited to attend the launch, which will include opportunities to ask questions and interview some of our high-profile guests. To confirm your attendance, please contact Daniel Blackman at or on 07894 800 512 

Thursday, 16 June 2016

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