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University successful in application to deliver Higher and Degree Apprenticeships

20 Mar 2017 3:15PM

The University of Suffolk has been granted the opportunity to offer Higher and Degree Apprenticeships from this spring.

The first cohort of students will start on the Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Apprenticeship in June, followed by the Charted Manager and Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeships in September.

Professor Mohammad Dastbaz, Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Suffolk, said “We are delighted to have been successful in this application. The process scrunitised our exisitng practices of working with employers across the region so the Apprenticeships we will be offering are based on a strong foundation. We see Higher and Degree Apprenticeships as an exciting development in higher education, increasing the number of students who can access university.”

The University of Suffolk is bucking the national trend of a decline in university applications and expects the traditional experience of full-time university study will continue to be popular amongst students. However Higher and Degree Apprenticeships offer an alternative for students looking for a different university experience, and provides the opportunity for employers to upskill their existing workforce or take on new apprentices who can grow in their company. The Apprenticeship Levy, which will begin in April, alongside Government co-funding options, means that more employers than ever before will consider supporting their staff in degree-level study.

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.”

The University will be offering three Higher and Degree Apprenticeships in 2017, with further areas of development planned for 2018 to include business, health, science and the public sector.

Professor Mohamed Abdel- Maguid, Head of Department for Science and Technology, said “The new Higher and Degree Apprenticeships scheme is likely to be a game changer in how we upskill Britain's next generation workforce. We are delighted to be among the first established providers of Higher and Degree Apprenticeships in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) skills and look forward to working closely with the regional and national business community to offer top class education and career opportunities to our young and adult learners." 

Professor David Collins, Head of the Suffolk Business School, said “We work closely with local business and enterprise to prepare students and graduates for fulfilling careers. As a key element of our commitment to the preparation of ‘career-ready graduates’ we are pleased to announce that from September we will offer a degree apprenticeship in management. This apprenticeship will provide students with an opportunity to combine work and study and to earn while they learn.”  

Paul Driscoll-Evans, Head of Department for Health Sciences said “The Department is pleased to be able to offer apprenticeships from spring 2017 onwards and we look forward to working with our practice partners to develop their workforce in new and innovative ways.”

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 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.


University of Suffolk Press Office
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