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Three West Midlands Universities are a driving force behind 1,200 degree apprenticeships…

Submitted by on March 18, 2019 – 6:30 am |

160902 Nursing Lamplight Procession Group ShotA partnership of three leading West Midlands universities is delivering more than 1,200 degree apprenticeships to support the region’s high growth industries and closing skills gaps in areas such as nursing, construction and digital technology.

The latest figures from West Midlands Combined Universities (WMCU) – a partnership between Birmingham City University, Coventry University and the University of Wolverhampton – reflect its ongoing commitment to addressing the areas highlighted in the West Midlands Regional Skills Plan, launched by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) last year. The plan aims to tackle an urgent need for skilled workforces to support thriving industries across the region, while ensuring that local people and communities are able to benefit from the jobs and opportunities emerging.

The partnership’s degree apprenticeship courses, aimed at upskilling the region’s existing workforce, have been developed in partnership with more than 200 employers in the West Midlands, covering courses in digital and technology, construction, engineering, professional services, manufacturing and healthcare. WMCU’s retention rate is also 66 per cent, meaning that an average of two-thirds of students choose to stay and work in the West Midlands after graduating.

Announced earlier this month, all three WMCU universities have students, educators or programmes shortlisted in the Nursing Times Student Awards 2019, reinforcing their high calibre offer to the healthcare sector, which includes a total of 461 nursing apprenticeships.

Wayne Langford, Director of WMCU, said:

“The West Midlands is experiencing high levels of investment and business activity, across property, infrastructure, healthcare, manufacturing, digital, technology and professional services. It is vitally important that people in the region are able to take full advantage of the exciting opportunities ahead.

“At WMCU, our universities are embedded in their local communities and are well placed to ensure that the people who live, work and study in their cities, are given access to the educational pathways that will ensure that businesses and organisations investing in the region have access to the skilled people they need today and in the future.”

Designed by employers, universities and professional bodies, higher and degree apprenticeships deliver high-tech and high-level skills and offer an alternative to a traditional degree course. This is a great opportunity for employers in the area to use Apprenticeship Levy funds to invest in the skills needed to lead and grow a competitive workforce.

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