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Degree Apprenticeships for Boosting Hi-Tech Skills in England

Nov 28, 2014 15:02 IST

    Those students who are presently earning while they are learning at foreign offshore would now be able to acquire a full honors degree while earning their wages from the companies they are working in and paying no fees to the educational institution. This would become possible under a scheme baked by the Government and industry in England. This new Degree Apprenticeship qualifications would be taught in England from next September with initiation in the digital and software field.

    Under the scheme the government would pay two-thirds of the cost of the fees and the rest could get managed form the wages that the companies provide to the trainees including other costs. The government made clear that any employee who is undergoing their studies can take part in the scheme. The Digital Economy Minister Ed Vizy said that it would stem from government collaboration along with higher education and industry ministries in the nation.  He pointed out that the aim is to integrate academic learning at degree level and provide on-the-job practical training which would “ensure education and training routes by providing the skills which employers need now and in the future.”

    Among the 150 employers that are involved in the programme, there are companies namely Accenture, BT, Capgemini, Ford, Fujitsu, GlaxoSmithKline, HM Revenue and Customs, Hewlett Packard, IBM, John Lewis, Lloyds Banking Group, Network Rail and Tata Consulting Services are there. The academic sector for the programme would be looked after by universities including Aston, Exeter, Greenwich, Loughborough, Manchester Metropolitan, University College London, the University of the West of England and Winchester.

    Important Points

    • Degree Apprenticeship scheme will help working students to get full honors degree
    • It will be started in England from next September
    • Government and Industry in England will start it
    • 150 renowned employers that are involved in the programme

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