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Industry from across the North West join us for National Apprenticeship Week event

Mar 09, 2018

To mark National Apprenticeship Week 2018 (5-9 March) we welcomed industry partners from across the North West to a special networking event at Imperial War Museum North earlier this week (Wednesday 7 March). The evening, organised by our Degree Apprenticeships Team, was attended by the likes of Siemens, Seddon Construction, Russell’s Construction, the NHS and HMG Paints.

The University’s apprenticeship offer is strongly aligned to our ICZ strategy and the range of programmes we deliver is key to our growth. Degree apprenticeships combine academic study with on-the-job training in the workplace. Designed in partnership with industry to meet professional standards, degree apprenticeships are a great way to attract and retain talent, boost productivity and up-skill the workforces. Furthermore, the development of higher and degree apprenticeships reflects the Government’s Industrial Strategy to plug sector skills gaps and produce more highly-skilled and technical graduates.

Employers at the event were keen to praise degree apprenticeships, with Kat Healey from Seddon Construction commenting: “I think degree apprenticeships are absolutely essential - they dramatically increase the opportunities for young people, as well as giving them motivation and confidence. Seddon Construction works closely with Salford’s School of the Built Environment and it’s a very collaborative process. It’s great to see industry and education working closely together to address the needs of the workforce.”

Jane Grimshaw from the NHS added: “I believe degree apprenticeships are really important as they provide an opportunity for businesses to invest in training. I’m certainly keen to further explore more apprenticeship opportunities - they’re definitely growing in popularity.”

“I was delighted to welcome our industry partners to this special evening to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week,” said Paul Ward, Director of International and Regional Development. “As a university, we are motivated to growing our apprenticeship portfolio significantly over the next five years, in line with our industry-focused strategy. This week’s event was an indication of the great partnerships we have made so far and I’m sure there are many more to come.”

There are currently more than 80 apprentices on 14 programmes in five Schools across the University and the Degree Apprenticeship Team are working with around 40 employers across a number of key industry sectors. With continuing strong demand from both employers and individuals, the University is expected to have over 200 apprentices on UoS programmes by the end of the 2018/19 academic year.

Please click here to find out more about higher and degree apprenticeships at Salford. 

You can find a photo gallery from the evening here: 

Degree Apprenticeships Event