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Suffolk Show 2017: University of Suffolk launches ‘game-changer’ higher and degree apprenticeships scheme

PUBLISHED: 14:11 31 May 2017 | UPDATED: 21:12 31 May 2017

The University of Suffolk launched degree level apprenticeships at the Suffolk Show. Left to right, Richard Lister (vice-chancellor), Daniel Garner (apprentice programme manager) and Karen Hinton (head of student recruitment). Picture: GREGG BROWN

The University of Suffolk launched degree level apprenticeships at the Suffolk Show. Left to right, Richard Lister (vice-chancellor), Daniel Garner (apprentice programme manager) and Karen Hinton (head of student recruitment). Picture: GREGG BROWN

Vice-Chancellor Richard Lister described the scheme, which starts this September, as a “real game-changer”.

“It really will change the landscape, so please partner us in what looks to be a really exciting venture,” he told a large crowd gathered at the university’s stall.

The government has awarded universities and colleges £4.5m to develop new degree apprenticeships for students starting in September 2017 to help “open the door” to careers ranging from nursing to construction.

Employers can take on new apprentices and upskill their current workforce. The University of Suffolk’s apprentices will start courses in technology, healthcare. and chartered management.

Karen Hinton, head of student recruitment, said: “Higher and Degree Apprenticeships have a strong focus on the academic knowledge that underpins specific job roles, and ensures the knowledge is applied as much as possible to industry.

University of Suffolk launches degree level apprenticeships at Suffolk Show. Pictured is Richard Lister, Vice-Chancellor. Picture: GREGG BROWNUniversity of Suffolk launches degree level apprenticeships at Suffolk Show. Pictured is Richard Lister, Vice-Chancellor. Picture: GREGG BROWN

“We are looking forward to working closely with employers in the delivery of apprenticeships, which we are confident will complement the wide-range of employer engagement that already exists within the University.”

Further areas of development planned for apprenticeships at the university in 2018 include business, health, science and the public sector.

Professor Mohammad Dastbaz, deputy vice chancellor, said: “We see Higher and Degree Apprenticeships as an exciting development in higher education, increasing the number of students who can access university.”

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