Degree apprenticeships: a win-win for students and businesses
Benefits Terry Hodgetts, Director of the Centre for Executive Development at Aston University, Ben Rubery, Apprentice Programme Manager and James Gee, Degree apprenticeship graduate, share their insight.
As many as 59 Higher Education Institutions have implemented degree apprenticeship programmes and have seen enormous success in doing so, widening participation and increasing social mobility. This year could see a proliferation of degree apprenticeships as an alternative route for businesses and students.
As the average student leaves university with debts of £50,000, it is little wonder degree apprenticeships are becoming an increasingly attractive alternative to the traditional degree route. Students are now experiencing university education while earning a living through these collaborative ‘earn-as-you-learn’ schemes. Businesses can attract new talent while students benefit from a salaried, blended-learning environment – a revolution in higher education possibilities.
Aston University and Capgemini were trailblazers with the introduction of the country’s first Digital and Technological Solutions degree apprenticeship in 2015.
Terry Hodgetts, Director of the Centre for Executive Development at Aston University, Ben Rubery, Apprentice Programme Manager at Capgemini and James Gee, Capgemini degree apprenticeship graduate share their insight into the win-win potential for students and businesses.