Funds boost cour­ses for ap­pren­tices

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Letters And Opinion -

The Univer­sity of Kent will re­ceive £200,000 to de­velop new de­gree ap­pren­tice­ships in con­struc­tion and ar­chi­tec­ture.

The fund­ing is part of a to­tal of £4.8 mil­lion be­ing awarded by the Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Fund­ing Coun­cil for Eng­land to uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges to de­velop new de­gree ap­pren­tice­ships for stu­dents start­ing in Septem­ber 2018.

The univer­sity will help de­velop four new pro­grammes: ar­chi­tect de­gree ap­pren­tice­ship; ar­chi­tec­tural as­sis­tant de­gree ap­pren­tice­ship; char­tered town plan­ner de­gree ap­pren­tice­ship; and con­struc­tion quan­tity sur­veyor de­gree ap­pren­tice­ship.

De­signed by em­ploy­ers, higher ed­u­ca­tion providers, and pro­fes­sional bod­ies, de­gree ap­pren­tice­ships en­able the devel­op­ment of high-level skills, pro­vid­ing an al­ter­na­tive route to a de­gree and a ca­reer.

Bringing to­gether higher ed­u­ca­tion study with paid work, de­gree ap­pren­tices spend part of their time in study and part with their em­ployer.

Dr Scott Wild­man, direc­tor of Kent’s Cen­tre for Higher and De­gree Ap­pren­tice­ships, wel­comed the an­nounce­ment and said it demon­strated the univer­sity’s com­mit­ment to ex­pand­ing its port­fo­lio of de­gree ap­pren­tice­ships into new in­dus­try sec­tors.

Na­tion­ally, the suc­cess­ful projects will aim to de­velop 4,500 new ap­pren­tice­ship places.

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