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Funding application for apprenticeship development successful

6 Oct 2017 1:30PM

Funding of £200,000 for developing blended learning for public sector degree apprenticeships has been awarded to the University of Suffolk by the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s (HEFCE) Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund (DADF).

HEFCE had a range of criteria the University was required to meet with the aim to increase access to degree apprenticeships. The University was successful in our bid to deliver apprenticeships via blended learning, and will introduce this in three degree apprenticeships from September 2018 in Nursing, Police and Social Work.

Karen Hinton, Head of Student Recruitment and Market Development, said “Our bid involves us working with Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies, Suffolk County Council and Health Education England in offering these apprenticeships via blended learning. We recognise these professions aren’t Monday to Friday, 9-5pm, so the blended learning model is an excellent option for apprentices to access learning at times that suit both them and their employer. The project aims to create at least a third of the course content as blended learning, which will be via a range of online delivery methods. We will also be working with our Partner Colleges to provide some learning in alternative locations to the Ipswich campus. The Apprenticeships will be delivered based on Standards created by employers, and we look forward to working with our Partners to create these new Apprenticeships to meet the needs of the local economy.”

“The University of Suffolk has an excellent record in offering traditional undergraduate degrees in Nursing, Social Work and Criminology, so the Apprenticeships will supplement these and will help to address the need to have more people working in these professions. We expect that there will continue to be interest in the traditional degree programmes, and we will work closely with employers to identify the students most likely to benefit from the Apprenticeship programmes.  We are excited to be developing these areas to add to our Apprenticeship Portfolio that already includes the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship and the Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship.”

For information on how to apply for Apprenticeships, please click here 


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