Degree level apprenticeship gets go-ahead

A degree-equivalent apprenticeship has been approved by the Department for Education. This was put forward by the Supply Chain Academy and the Uniserve Group, and is designed to support apprentices to a far higher level than previous apprenticeships have.

The degree apprenticeship proposal was submitted in conjunction with Leeds Trinity University and was made in consultation with more than one hundred organisations. It is expected to be available from September 2017.

Apprentices will work with their employers, professional bodies and universities, spending part of their time at university and part of their time with their employer. They will be employed throughout the apprenticeship.

In a letter to Paul Stone, Uniserve HR director, from the Department for Education today, it was confirmed that the Minister of State for Skills had approved the Supply Chain Leadership Apprentice proposal.

Stone said: “We expect this apprenticeship to go a long way towards addressing the growing skills and management gap in the supply chain sector, so it should be welcome news for all”.

Alex Mortimer, Supply Chain Academy commercial director said: “Achieving this qualification should provide employers with confidence that the individual has the required understanding of the ‘end to end’ supply chain”.

Given that many degrees today do not have great relevance to the workplace the appearance of a degree level apprenticeship should enable employers to get their future leaders the exact training they require through such a scheme, as long as it is run the way it should be… 
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