Uni­ver­sity launches dig­i­tal de­gree scheme for stu­dents


THE Uni­ver­sity of Birm­ing­ham has launched a new dig­i­tal de­gree ap­pren­tice­ship scheme.

The ini­tia­tive will in­clude men­tor­ing aimed at dig­i­tal en­trepreneurs and com­bines a bach­e­lor of sci­ence de­gree in com­puter sci­ence with a tech­nol­ogy ap­pren­tice­ship at Voda­fone.

Dur­ing the four-year study pe­riod, the ap­pren­tices will re­ceive a salary and take part in a ten-week sum­mer place­ment in their first year and a 12-month in­dus­trial place­ment in their third year.

They are also guar­an­teed a job in one of the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion firm’s dig­i­tal teams grad­u­ate in 2022.

Pro­fes­sor Andy Schofield, head of the col­lege of en­gi­neer­ing and phys­i­cal sciences at the uni­ver­sity, said: “The four-year pro­gramme we are launch­ing will pro­vide our stu­dents with both the dig­i­tal ed­u­ca­tion and crit­i­cal hands-on train­ing they will need to suc­ceed in a dig­i­tal fu­ture.

“As a world leader for re­search and in­no­va­tion, we are de­lighted to be part­ner­ing with Voda­fone to ad­dress the UK’s tech­nol­ogy skills gap and ed­u­cate the dig­i­tal tal­ent of the fu­ture.” once they

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