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New fund to increase the number of degree apprenticeships

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Universities UK has welcomed a new multi-million pound fund to increase the number of degree apprenticeships available to young people in England, announced today by the government.
 
The new fund was launched today by the Business Secretary Sajid Javid as he met degree apprentices in Manchester.
 
Universities UK published a new report last week showing that degree apprenticeships have the potential to help fill skills gaps and meet employers’ needs.
 
First launched in September last year, degree apprenticeships allow for the study for a full Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree while working. Apprentices have full-time employment status – rather than student status – and do not pay for training costs or tuition fees.
 
Responding to today's announcement, Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive of Universities UK, said: “This new fund is good news and will help boost the growing numbers starting degree apprenticeships. An increasing number of universities are actively involved in the development and delivery of these new, industry-designed degree apprenticeships.
 
“As our report highlighted last week, degree apprenticeships have the potential to help fill specific skills gaps and meet employers’ needs. Universities have the facilities and the innovative links with employers that help give UK companies a genuine competitive edge and create high value jobs for employees.”

Key Contacts

Gilmar Queiros

Gilmar Queiros

Policy Intern – HE Trailblazer
Universities UK

James Ransom

James Ransom

Policy Researcher
Universities UK

Greg Wade

Greg Wade

Programme Manager
Universities UK

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