From September, it will be possible to study for a degree whilst undertaking an apprenticeship at the same time. Firms specialising in the digital and software industry have adopted the Degree Apprenticeships scheme.
Under the new format, students are able to study for a full honours degree whilst being paid and incurring no fees. The government will provide two thirds of the cost of the tuition, with employers bearing the remainder of the costs and wages for the students.
The objective of the scheme is quite clearly to combine the application of practical skills with the knowledge needed to perform them – an approach that is becoming ever more popular within university courses.
Amongst others, companies that have already signed up to offer the Degree Apprenticeships are BT, Ford, Fujitsu, GlaxoSmithKline, HM Revenue and Customs, Hewlett Packard and John Lewis; and the institutions providing the tuition include Manchester Metropolitan University, University College London, Exeter and the University of West England.
There appears to be high hopes for the scheme, and a lot of companies and academic institutions alike are excited about it and the effect it may have on the digital industry. Once the success of the Degree Apprenticeship is established, there is hopes for it to be moved into other sectors.