University of Chichester: 4 Reason Why You Should Consider a Degree Apprenticeship
Published 09:40 on 24 Aug 2021
1. It provides an alternative way to gain a university degree or master's
In the current climate, there has never been a more relevant time to take stock and re-evaluate career choices. No matter who, either as a potential apprentice or an employer, degree apprenticeships bring together the best of vocational training and higher education via practical 'on-the-job' learning. They provide a route to gain a degree whilst filling a skills gap in the employment market.
Jacob, a current Digital Marketer Degree Apprentice working for digital agency Website Success, explained "I chose to do a degree apprenticeship as I always wanted to go to university, however I also enjoyed working and I had a strong job. The degree apprenticeship worked perfectly for this as it balances the two well."
- 2. Improve your skills in the right job
An apprenticeship is a genuine job that allows apprentices to work for their employer from day one in an area linked to their field of study. This dual aspect of working and learning helps apprentices become a valuable asset by developing key skills that employers want, turning theoretical learning into practical, innovative solutions straight away.
Fabien, a second year Digital Marketer and Digital Marketing Manager at iSOS.com confirmed "New knowledge is applied when possible directly to the campaigns I run. I also apply theories learnt to optimise my leadership style, schedule, time management, stress management and motivation.'
- 3. Cost effective learning
Apprentices will earn a salary whilst on the apprenticeship, including relevant holiday and sick pay. On the flipside, employers can access extra funds to cover the cost of the training through the Apprenticeship Levy or via a funding arrangement with the Education and Skills Funding Agency - ultimately allowing apprentices to study for a degree with no tuition fees or student debts. Furthermore, many apprentices go on to increase their salary both during or on completion of the apprenticeship.
Stuart Brittle, Managing Director of Medisort, has found that working with the University of Chichester has brought benefits to the business in three ways, commenting "Our apprentice has been given a brilliant opportunity to restart his learning, having not excelled at school. Medisort is accessing new ideas and thoughts and the broad idea of learning has been introduced to the whole team."
- 4. Tailored support with the University of Chichester
Our friendly Apprenticeship Team is here to support both apprentices and employers every step of the way. The University has partnered with an array of organisations across the South of England, to deliver a variety of both undergraduate and postgraduate degree apprenticeships in engineering, digital marketing, social work, teaching, and business management. New areas of development in the pipeline include health and creative digital design.
Katherine Bray, a recent Digital and Technology Solutions Professional (Software Engineer) degree apprentice at SSE Energy found that "throughout college I was quite mature and I felt that I was ready for full time work. A degree apprenticeship meant I was equal with my peers who are going off to university as I would still get a degree but also be ahead of them because I would be getting 4 years work experience at the same time."
Last updated 10:10 on 4 October 2021