Teesside University is now offering higher and degree apprenticeships which allow businesses to jointly design qualifications and apprenticeship standards which they know will meet their requirements by developing the right skills for employees.
The higher and degree apprenticeships are part-funded by the Government and, unlike traditional apprenticeships, there is no age restriction.
Dr Ruth Helyer, the university’s head of skills, said: “The Higher and Degree Apprenticeships are excellent for both employers and employees.
“Because the qualifications which are part of the apprenticeships have been developed in consultation with senior managers and employers, businesses can be assured that they will meet their specific needs. They will also benefit from Government funding.
“Students will begin their studies in the knowledge that they have a job from day one. They also won’t have to worry about fees as these are met by their employer and the Government.”
Linda Nelson, assistant dean (Business Engagement and Collaborative Provision) in Teesside University’s School of Health & Social Care, said: “Once students have completed the Higher Apprenticeship they can progress on to a pre-registration professional programme and their previous learning is recognised. Examples include Nursing, Radiography and Operating Department Practice.
“By completing the apprenticeship, they’re opening up many more opportunities for a professional career.
“The feedback from students has been extremely positive. The course is really helping them make the link between theory and practice.”