Government awards University of Warwick £250K for new degree apprenticeships
The government has awarded The University of Warwick £250,000 to fund around 100 new degree apprenticeships each year.
Confirmation of the funding, from the government’s new Higher Education Funding Council for England’s Degree Apprenticeships Development Fund, was given by Education Secretary Justine Greening.
The university will match the award to create a half million pound package to develop the new degree programme.
The first 80 degree apprenticeships (in Civil Engineering and Social Work) will join the University of Warwick in 2018, with a further 100 new degree apprenticeships being added in 2019 and 120 in 2020.
This will be in addition to around 400 apprentices in manufacturing engineering degree programmes that are already studying and working with WMG at the University of Warwick.
The university is also exploring if it can create even more degree apprenticeship programmes and it has four technology-based areas under active consideration.
University of Warwick Vice-Chancellor Professor Stuart Croft said: “The UK has the second lowest productivity of all the G7 countries and skills gaps are seen as one of the major contributors to this issue.
“Universities such as Warwick have a long history of direct engagement in both their local and national economies. We are delighted once again to be at the forefront of a programme that deliver new opportunities for our young people which will also target local skills gaps, and will help drive economic growth in our region and the country as a whole.”