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University puts Degree Apprenticeships in the spotlight for local employers

Large companies and local firms learned about the new Degree Apprenticeship qualification at an event hosted by the University of West London (UWL).

Held in the Savoy Suite at UWL’s campus in Ealing recently, it featured representatives from McDonald’s, Pladis (formerly United Biscuits) and a host of small and medium-sized businesses, who heard presentations by two of the university's apprenticeship employers.

UWL is an approved provider of the new English apprenticeship model, which develops high-level technical skills by combining together vocational and higher education.

At the event, delegates learned about the benefits to business of welcoming the next generation of talent into the workplace, such as improved productivity and innovation. Members of UWL’s academic teams also took part to find out about opportunities for delivering degree apprenticeships in the classroom.

Apprentice Louis Toh - who is currently studying a I.T degree apprenticeship at UWL with a paid work placement at McDonald’s’ as a business analyst - gave a student’s view of the value of learning on the job.

‘A Degree Apprenticeship is ideal for me because I have the opportunity to gain a lot of industry experience which will make me more employable when the course finishes, he said. ‘Also, it’s nice to be earning some money while I learn, so that I can enjoy life at the same time. I’d definitely recommend this programme.’

Janet Rowson, the university’s Associate Head of Degree Apprenticeships, organised the occasion. She said: ‘It was very successful and it was fantastic to have in attendance a strong blend of local businesses and major employers such as McDonald’s and United Biscuits. The Degree Apprenticeship programme fits perfectly with our mission as the Career University, dedicated to developing highly qualified graduates who are well prepared for the world of work.’

It is hoped that up to three million degree apprentices across the UK will qualify by 2020. The university is pleased to be part of this important strategy.

Find out more about Degree Apprenticeships at the University of West London. Check out the university on Twitter: @UniWestLondon