The University of Sunderland introduced its first Higher Degree Apprenticeship programme in partnership with Accenture last year in order to address the regional high-tech skills gap.
The programme, which is endorsed by the Tech Partnership, allows Accenture employees to attend university whilst also working full-time.
The university is one of a select group of UK higher-level teaching institutions to be working directly with businesses on such a programme.
Prof Alastair Irons of the University of Sunderland said: “Our first Degree Apprenticeship is now up and running with Accenture and builds on our long-term relationship with the team there.
“We developed this new study opportunity as a result of our work with businesses, to support skills growth - we continually align our courses to the current and future needs of employers.”
The courses are being supported by the government’s Skills Funding Agency to ensure that industry is gaining graduates with the core skills, technical knowledge and behaviours it needs to succeed.
Mark Larsen, managing director of Accenture’s Newcastle Delivery Centre, added: “Accenture is working closely with the university to help deliver the talent pipeline we need to grow our business.
“It is this kind of collaboration between industry and the education community that will help us create jobs for the future and close the skills gap in the North East.”
There are currently 15 students, all employed by Accenture, completing their first year of study. However, discussions are underway with other regional employers to expand the levels of participation.
Could your business benefit from a similar partnership? The university is inviting businesses keen to find out more to contact the Enterprise and Innovation Team on 0191 515 3479.