Ten things you might not know about degree apprenticeships

Ten things you might not know about degree apprenticeships

Degree apprenticeships are the new way to get a degree and professional experience by learning on the job. They also offer organisations the change to fill skills gaps, increase diversity and attract fresh talent.

Apprenticeships are changing and here are 10 things you might not know:

1. Leading the way

Aston University pioneered degree apprenticeships as the first university to offer the Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship in 2015 with multinational  information technology consulting company Capgemini.

“We have the ability to grow our own graduates. We know what’s coming up in our

Business. We can build that into making sure that everything our apprentices learn at Aston University is directly relevant and reinforced into what they’re doing in their jobs.” Anouska Ramsay, Talent Director at Capgemini.

2. Graduating high achievers

As the first university to offer degree apprenticeships, Aston is also the first and only university to have degree apprentice alumni who graduated in July 2017 and are continuing to lead the way at Capgemini. Of the 11 Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship graduates, 64% achieved a first class degree.

3. Attracting the best talent

Degree apprenticeships are a great way to attract new talent or retain top employees. Aston will also work with you to tailor the programme to your organisation’s needs and skills gaps.

“Our team worked with Aston to plan the programme and what this would look like, as well as what we would need to offer as an employer. The process was straightforward.”  Hannah Podlewska, Apprenticeships Recruitment Manager at Kaplan.

4. New Experiences

Our degree apprentices get fantastic opportunities. Microsoft’s first-degree apprentice, Katie, has helped with organising a technology conference in Washington, led on an internal communications project and ticked off (optionally, as part of a module) the infamous ‘three peaks’ challenge – all within her first year.

5. Debt-free degrees

There are no university fees for degree apprentices, it’s paid for by the employer and the government. Plus they get paid to study and work, giving them disposable income either save up or enjoy.

“I am learning valuable skills and gaining a qualification, and I get the chance to go on several holidays a year!” Anika Mehangra, degree apprentice at Capgemini.

6. Not just for young people

Degree apprenticeships are also beneficial for those already working, but want to gain more knowledge and a formal degree qualification without leaving their job. Postgraduate opportunities are also on the horizon for those further along in their careers with Aston’s Executive MBA Apprenticeship due to launch in 2018.

7. Money to be made

It’s a common misconception that apprentices are paid very low salaries. But this isn’t the case. Degree apprentices earn at least minimum wage with many progressing quickly.

“I’ve gained the salary of a graduate years before I would have graduated taking a traditional bricks and mortar degree.” James Jones, Capgemini degree apprentice graduate.

8. Suitable for all organisations

It’s not just about big corporations, SMEs can also access government funding for degree apprenticeship training, helping them to accelerate productivity and growth at a fraction of the usual cost.

9. It’s not the typical university experience

“Some people said to me I would miss out on being a uni student, they’re the best years of your life, and I did worry, but then you realise you have a lot more freedom. Instead of going to uni full-time and being in debt, I have a job, a salary, I am learning valuable skills and gaining a qualification.” Anika Mehangra, Capgemini degree apprentice.

Apprentices spend the majority of their time working and learning on the job. But they do experience student life too, spending short amounts of time at Aston at the beginning of each module and taking part in a virtual learning experience with tutorials online that fit around their job.

10. Ahead of the competition

Degree apprenticeships offer up to five years of work experience on top of a full honours degree which sets our apprentices apart from other graduates.

“Since joining Capgemini, I’ve been promoted five times and manage my own team. Being one of the first ever degree apprentices has been an amazing way to gain a qualification and start my career.” Callum Wood, degree apprentice graduate.

Discover degree apprenticeships at Aston University

Find out how an Aston degree apprenticeship will benefit you or your organisation, visit: www.aston.ac.uk/apprenticeships