The University of West London (UWL), in collaborative partnership with West Thames College, launched its first three degree apprenticeships at the student-run restaurant, Pillars, last week. An audience of local employers and academics gathered to learn more about the degree apprenticeships available and what the apprenticeship levy means for businesses.
Attendees were welcomed to the event by the Vice-Chancellor of UWL Professor Peter John, who explained how degree apprenticeships are congruent with the mission and values of the University of West London, taking vocational qualifications to another level. Mandy Crawford-Lee from the Universities Vocational Awards Council (UVAC) said that UWL was ahead of the curve by offering degree apprenticeships already, unlike many of its competitors in London. She enthused about the ever-increasing number of professions seeking to develop degree apprenticeships.
Alison Cox from the Chartered Management Institute talked about the process of designing the programmes, which involved businesses of all sizes as well as universities. She stressed the commitment required in time, effort and resilience by both employer and employee when taking on a degree apprenticeship. She was followed by Adam Sage of West Thames College, who went into more detail about the apprenticeship levy and how employers could make the most of it.
UWL’s Janet Rowson showcased the first three qualifications on offer; the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship, Digital and Technology Solutions Manager Degree Apprenticeship, and Healthcare Assistant (Practitioner) Higher Degree Apprenticeship. She was enthusiastic about degree apprenticeships offering the chance for the apprentice to work as well as gaining a full honours degree. She also looked to the future and other subject disciplines where there is opportunity for development of new qualifications, including logistics, nursing and early years education.
Speaking after the event, Alison Cox of the Chartered Management Institute said, ‘Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeships provide on-the-job experience and a pathway to professional status, which are essential for graduate employability. I’m delighted we’re able to work in partnership with UWL to build a talent pool of existing and new managers ready to take on the business challenges of the 21st Century.’
Find out more about the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship and the Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship.