Sheffield Hallam University is set to create more than 1,200 pioneering new degree-level apprenticeships including unique programmes in health and engineering after securing Government funding.
The University will create places for 1,270 new apprentices over three years in areas of regional priority including physiotherapy and paramedic practice as well as digital and quantity surveying.
Sheffield Hallam will receive more than £500,000 following a successful bid to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
The new degree apprenticeships will begin from September 2017 and will build on the current provision already offered by the University.
Sheffield Hallam is also involved in a second successful bid with the University of Sheffield to create a bespoke engineering programme for 90 apprentic Designed by employers, universities and professional bodies, degree apprenticeships deliver high-tech and high level skills and offer an alternative to a traditional degree course. Bringing together university study with paid work, degree apprentices spend part of their time at university and part with their employer.
Sheffield Hallam University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Chris Husbands, said: “Universities have a key role to play in driving innovation, economic growth and creating jobs.
“Sheffield Hallam has been a trailblazer in offering higher and degree apprenticeships in collaboration with key industry partners including Nestle and JCB.
“I am delighted the University has been awarded this funding to help us further develop our degree apprenticeship provision and help meet the skills requirements of our regional economy.
“We will work closely with HEFCE and industry partners to respond to this challenge to develop the very highest quality apprenticeships which allow talented young people to take this pioneering route, fully funded by industry.”
The partnership bid with the University of Sheffield is the first cross-city university collaboration in engineering and will use the strengths of both universities to extend the engineering apprenticeship offer in the city in line with industry needs.
The project will use the expertise of the Sheffield Hallam University’s multi-disciplinary Materials and Engineering Research Institute (MERI) and the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) Training Centre.
Professor Sir Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, said: “Filling the skills gap in engineering is a crucial issue for the UK’s economy. Universities have an important part to play in developing this workforce that will play a key element in driving economic growth.
“I am delighted that the University of Sheffield is able to work with HEFCE and Sheffield Hallam University to develop this innovative new degree-level apprenticeship programme that will provide young people with an alternative route to higher education through the highest quality vocational qualifications.
“It is crucial for both young people and for the country that we have diverse opportunities of the very highest quality, endorsed by employers and leading if a student wishes to other opportunities in both education and their careers.
“The fact that a University has a global reputation for the quality of its research and traditional teaching is in no way in contradiction with offering technical opportunities to able young people. This is an area where The University of Sheffield has been pioneering amongst research-led institutions and we are delighted to continue our commitment to genuine access of the highest quality.”
A third successful bid will see academics from Sheffield Hallam’s National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering team up with the University of Lincoln and the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink on a food engineering degree apprenticeship.
Skills and Apprenticeships Minister Robert Halfon said: “Apprenticeships work, that’s why we’ve launched degree apprenticeships that give people a real chance to earn while you learn putting you on the fast-track to a top career.
“This multi-million pound fund will allow universities and colleges to work with top employers to design high quality degree apprenticeships that give people a ladder of opportunity, more choice and help shape Britain to become an apprentice nation.”
Sir Nigel Knowles, Chair of SCR Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The key to the Sheffield City Region’s transformation is its people. Businesses are benefiting from skilled apprentices and it is crucial for the region to be able to attract, develop and retain the very best talent in order for local economy to thrive.
“Our work supports all ages and skill levels to provide a strong, regional employee pool for any business. Sheffield Hallam University plays a significant role in this process as it creates hundreds of new places for apprentices in the innovative sectors of our Region’s economy on an annual basis.
“At Sheffield City Region we always keep our promises – we will work hard to establish further partnerships between businesses and education providers in order to create new opportunities for students, as we aim to build a truly competitive centre of business excellence.”
Sheffield Hallam plays an important role in the region, supplying a skilled workforce for important professions adding an annual £424m to the Sheffield City Region economy.
More than 18,000 students from the local region have studied at the University over the last five years –almost 3,000 training as nurses and midwives, over 2,500 training as teachers and nearly 1,500 training in creative and digital skills.
For more information about our role in the city region, visit our new online tool www.shu.ac.uk/cityregion.
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Notes to Editor
The Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund was established by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, and continued by the Department for Education. More information is available here www.hefce.ac.uk/kess/apprentice
‘In addition to these projects, HEFCE provided £178,000 to enable cross-cutting work by the University Vocational Awards Council, Universities UK and the Association of Graduate Recruiters, which will support take-up sector-wide.
Latest provisional figures showing the number of apprenticeship starts and participation in apprenticeships are available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/further-education-and-skills-statistical-first-release-sfr