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University of Suffolk launches Higher and Degree Apprenticeships

12 May 2017 12:15PM

Higher and Degree Apprenticeships will be available at the University of Suffolk from autumn 2017.

Apprentices start enrolling as students at the University from this September for the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship, Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship, and the Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Higher Apprenticeship.

Higher and Degree Apprenticeships provide an excellent opportunity for employers to up skill their existing workforce or take on new apprentices who can grow in their company.

The development of new Higher and Degree level apprenticeships alongside Government reforms to apprenticeship funding means that more employers than ever before can consider supporting their staff in degree-level study. The new Apprenticeship Levy, combined with Government co-funding options, means that more money is specifically available for apprenticeship training, creating an opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills of the local workforce.

Professor Mohammad Dastbaz, Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Suffolk, said “We see Higher and Degree Apprenticeships as an exciting development in higher education, increasing the number of students who can access university.”

Karen Hinton, Head of Student Recruitment and Market Development, 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. 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 Nicholas Caldwell is the course leader for the new BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship. The course has been designed to provide apprentices with in-depth knowledge and cutting-edge skills in software development, including web and mobile, user experience, databases, big data analysis, cloud computing and cyber security. All apprentices will be prepared for globally recognised security certifications.

Professor Caldwell said “We are delighted to be partnering with Suffolk firm Derivco to deliver the first cohort of degree apprentices in Suffolk in software development. This innovative programme will transform complete novices into professional software engineers, equipped with the expertise to deliver business value today and tomorrow.”

The University of Suffolk is hosting a Business Breakfast for businesses to find out more about the University’s Higher and Degree Apprenticeships on Wednesday 17 May. Please register your interest or direct any questions to

The University will be attending this year’s Suffolk Show at Trinity Park which will offer an opportunity for the public and employers to find out more about Higher and Degree Apprenticeships. Come along to Stand 757 in Grand Ring Avenue.

To find out more online about Higher and Degree Apprenticeships visit apprenticeships 


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