Digital and Manufacturing degree apprenticeships in North Wales
Free digital and manufacturing degree apprenticeships were the focus of a webinar uniting colleges and universities in North Wales.
The North Wales Regional Skills Partnership coordinated the efforts of Bangor and Wrexham Glyndŵr universities, Coleg Cambria, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai and The Open University (OU) to join forces to promote fully funded degree apprenticeships in the region. The event took place on November 17 with short presentations and a Q&A session with key input from a current apprentice and three employers currently involved in the degree apprentice scheme.
Degree Apprenticeship places are available in a new intake in January 2021 as well as every September and current partners include Hanson, Tata Steel, Fifth Wheel, Welsh Water, Cartrefi Cymru, Airbus and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, bringing higher level skills and education into the workplace and giving learners vital hands-on experience while achieving an undergraduate degree over three years.
The employers who participated in the webinar were overwhelmingly positive about the degree apprentice scheme and were already seeing a return on their investment in bringing new skills to their business. Their messages were crucial to promote the scheme to other industries and encourage other businesses to get involved.
Degree Apprenticeships develop the vital higher level skills that employers are looking for to either upskill current staff or take on new employees, helping to keep up to date and be competitive with new technology. Employers were encouraged to attend the virtual event to see this as an opportunity to upskill their current employees at a crucial time for all industries in the face of the global Coronavirus pandemic.
David Roberts, chair of North Wales Regional Skills Partnership said: “The webinar is a platform to inform businesses and anyone looking to retrain or progress in their current role about the opportunities that are out there. This is something we should be shouting about more. Fully funded apprenticeships right on the doorstep of so many employers here in Wales.
“We are particularly keen on boosting numbers into the New Year – there is an intake this January – so hopefully we get a positive response on the day.”
For further information on Degree Apprenticeships in North Wales please contact the universities directly – Bangor University, Glyndŵr University or the Open University for a discussion to get started.