08 March 2019
A partnership between three leading universities in the West Midlands is aiming to provide more than 1,000 degree apprenticeships.
The West Midlands Combined Universities (WMCU), made up of Birmingham City University, Coventry University and the University of Wolverhampton, aim to deliver 1,200 degree apprenticeships to help close skills gaps in a number of sectors.
The partnership’s degree apprenticeship courses, aimed at upskilling the region’s existing workforce, have been developed with more than 200 employers in the West Midlands, covering courses in digital and technology, construction, engineering, professional services, manufacturing and healthcare.
WMCU’s retention rate is also 66 per cent, meaning that on average two-thirds of students choose to stay and work in the West Midlands after graduating.
The latest news from the WMCU is in line with plans set out in the West Midlands Regional Skills Plan, launched by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) last year.
The plan aims to tackle an urgent need for skilled workforces to support thriving industries across the region, while ensuring that local people and communities are able to benefit from the jobs and opportunities emerging.
Wayne Langford, director of WMCU, said: “The West Midlands is experiencing high levels of investment and business activity, across property, infrastructure, healthcare, manufacturing, digital, technology and professional services. It is vitally important that people in the region are able to take full advantage of the exciting opportunities ahead.
“At WMCU, our universities are embedded in their local communities and are well placed to ensure that the people who live, work and study in their cities, are given access to the educational pathways that will ensure that businesses and organisations investing in the region have access to the skilled people they need today and in the future.”
Designed by employers, universities and professional bodies, higher and degree apprenticeships deliver high-tech and high-level skills and offer an alternative to a traditional degree course.
Employers in the area can use Apprenticeship Levy funds to invest in the skills needed to lead and grow a competitive workforce.
Pictured: Former apprentices at BCU.