3 October 2017

The University of Hertfordshire is set to receive £250,000 in funding to develop new degree apprenticeships in partnership with local further education colleges and employers. The funding will establish the Hertfordshire Apprenticeship Provider Network, which will work collaboratively to design and deliver 10 new degree apprenticeship programmes in 2018.

National initiative

The investment was announced today by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). The University of Hertfordshire award is part of a total of £4.8 million being provided by HEFCE to universities and colleges across England this autumn to develop new degree apprenticeships for students starting next September.

Multiple programmes will be offered at Hertfordshire and will be delivered by the University’s Schools of Life and Medical Science, Engineering and Technology, Law and Education, and will add to the Business Management and Information Technology degree apprenticeship courses which are already available.

Earning while learning

Designed by employers, higher and further education providers, and professional bodies, degree apprenticeships enable the development of high level skills, providing an alternative route to a degree and a career. Bringing together higher education study with paid work, degree apprentices spend part of their time in study and part with their employer.

Julie Newlan, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Business and International Development at the University of Hertfordshire said:

I am delighted that the University has been awarded this funding to develop our degree apprenticeship programme. Increasing the number and range of degree apprenticeships we offer will allow more people to access higher education opportunities and develop their careers. Importantly, this is also an opportunity for us to strengthen the apprenticeship pathways in the region in collaboration our Further Education partners to meet the needs and ambitions of employers and learners alike.

Education and employment in partnership

The Hertfordshire Apprenticeship Provider Network will be administered by group of organisations with vested interests in education, training and employability including the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP), Hertfordshire County Council, selected further education colleges and the University.

Adrian Hawkins, Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Deputy Chair and Skills and Employment Board Chair, said:

The LEP is all about fostering the development of skills and employability of people living in Hertfordshire. This successful bid will offer so many more opportunities for advancement through education and employability for the Hertfordshire workforce. We continue to build our relationships with the University and we are so happy to offer our support to their advancements in degree apprenticeship programmes in the coming years.

Find out more

To find out more about the Hertfordshire Apprenticeship Provider Network and the degree apprenticeship programmes available contact be@herts.ac.uk.

See also, Degree Apprenticeships at the University of Hertfordshire.