Spotlight: Anglia Ruskin University
A university in the heart of Cambridge, Anglia Ruskin is one of the largest providers of degree apprenticeships in England, currently working with over 200 partner employers and over 1,000 apprentices. As part of its growing suite of degree apprenticeship courses, ARU offers the Tech Industry Gold accredited BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship and is in the process of accreditation for the MSc Digital and Technology Solutions Specialist Degree Apprenticeship. The university was awarded Silver in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
Tech Industry Gold degree apprenticeships offer students opportunities which they might have never considered as they provide the flexibility to work and study at the same time, as Molly Peeters at Sepura, says:
“I never thought university would be for me, but Anglia Ruskin has given me the opportunity to apply what I am taught to my daily work, which helps me to retain the information. I also like the idea of being able to earn while I’m studying and gain a degree and work experience at the same time.”
“I’m upskilling and improving my knowledge, which is beneficial to my employer, and personally, it’s giving me an insight into which area of Tech I want to go into.”
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The degree apprenticeship arms students with the technical and professional skills needed for a career in the digital technology sector, offering three specialist pathways in either Software Engineering, Cyber Security Analysis or Network Engineering. Designed with the support of Cambridge’s leading tech companies, the course enables students to study for an honours degree while at work, with no tuition fees. Josh Nicholls at Nicholls Law affirms that degree apprenticeships are the ‘smart choice’ to earn a degree.
“I knew that I wanted to undertake a degree to further my career and prospects with Nicholls Law. Degree Apprenticeships are a smart choice for anyone wishing to gain the expertise and accreditation that a degree course offers – whilst maintaining the stability of a job. ARU is embracing the future of learning and by providing degree apprenticeships.”
Employers invest in their talent pipeline
By offering degree apprenticeships to existing employees, employers are investing in their talent pipeline says Nicola Anderson, Head of Apprentice Development at Thales.
“Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeships work for Thales. We proudly invest in apprentices to build high quality and early talent for the business.”
As Mark Thomas, owner and CEO of Coderus confirms: “The structure of the Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship course at ARU provides a great framework for us to fulfil our training obligations. Our apprentices receive high-quality university-level teaching whilst being able to apply their knowledge in the workplace through academic study and on the job training.”
The Faculty of Science & Engineering is one of the largest of the four faculties at ARU and has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science, technology and engineering fields.
The degree apprenticeship is offered as a blended learning route with week-long teaching blocks for an immersive study experience, therefore making it accessible for both employers and apprentices from across the country.
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