LJMU gains funds for degree apprenticeships

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LJMU Redmonds Building. Pic © JMU Journalism

LJMU Redmonds Building. Pic © JMU Journalism

Liverpool John Moores University can provide more opportunities for study to its future students after securing part of a multi-million-pound government fund.

LJMU will now be offering an extra 200 new degree apprenticeships under a government initiative after becoming one of only 18 universities to receive the additional money.

The scheme will allow students to spend part of their time at university and the rest with their employer. Some of the professionally-accredited qualifications will include construction, policing and civil engineering, and will run from September next year.

Degree apprentices usually spend 30 hours a week at work and will have a day at university to study.

Professor Andy Ross, from LJMU’s Faculty of Engineering & Technology, said: “Degree apprenticeships are valuable both for student and employer in offering a direct route to a highly-skilled job based on academic and vocational foundations.

“This funding will strengthen our partnerships with businesses in the Liverpool region and help develop capacity and capability in Liverpool’s digital, engineering and construction workforce.

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“Working in partnership with leading employers, the universities and colleges will offer 5,200 new opportunities for apprentices and their employers in preparation for the introduction of the apprenticeship levy in April 2017.”

Dr Edward Harcourt, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for External Engagement, said: “LJMU is the forefront of the new degree apprentice model and we are delighted that our work with employers has been recognised by government to allow us to continue to increase opportunities for prospective students.”

The Government funding has been awarded by HEFCE to projects focused on boosting the number of degree apprenticeships available.

A breakfast meeting will be held on December 12th at the World of Work Careers Centre, Kingsway House, Hatton Garden for employers and employees interested in finding out more about Degree Apprenticeships.

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