Derby university receives six-figure funding for degree apprenticeships

The University of Derby has been awarded a six-figure funding boost for a new degree apprenticeship scheme, aiming to educate the workforce of healthcare and social work sectors.

£300,000 has been awarded to Derby and will support the development of Level 6 degree apprenticeships.

Starting in the 2024-2025 academic year, the programme aims to support jobs in occupational therapy, physiotherapy, midwifery, social work, and youth work.

Dr Denise Baker, pro-vice-chancellor dean of the College of Health, Psychology and Social Care at the University of Derby, said: “Derby was an early innovator in health apprenticeships, and we are delighted to be recognised as a hub of excellence in health and care delivery.

“We are committed to providing opportunities for people to progress and enjoy rewarding careers. This expansion of our degree apprenticeship portfolio is essential to meet the requirements of the NHS Long Term Workforce Plan and the needs of the health and social care sector. We pride ourselves as being an industry-engaged university, working collaboratively with organisations to produce a pipeline of talent of graduates who are equipped to deal with the challenges of the future.”

Claire Morley, head of skills and apprenticeships at the university, said: “This is a substantial investment in the future of healthcare and social work education, enabling the university to develop new apprenticeships in key areas.

“We are thrilled to receive this funding from the Office for Students. It reflects our ongoing commitment to providing top-tier education and training in healthcare and social work. These new apprenticeships will benefit our students and make a significant impact on the quality of healthcare and social services in our communities.”