University Degree Apprenticeship Scheme: Drop-in Q&A session 16 May

postgraduateExpressions of interest are invited from staff for entry to the University Degree Apprenticeship Scheme. An information drop-in session is running on 16 May for those who are interested in finding out about the programme.

Degree apprenticeships were launched by the Government in April 2015, and offer staff the opportunity to work and get paid as well as learning and working towards completion of a degree. 25 places on the Degree Apprenticeship Scheme are available for full-time University staff, who are on an open-ended contract or a fixed term contract which does not expire before the end of July 2020.

The University Executive Board (UEB) has given its endorsement for staff to consider participating in apprenticeship programmes, subject to the approval and commitment of their line manager, as a way of increasing training and development opportunities for our existing staff.

In 2016, the University introduced the Chartered Manager Apprenticeship Degree which is the new BA (Hons) Business Leadership and Management Degree.  We have worked closely with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and liaised with employers to define and create programmes designed to meet the knowledge, skills and professional attitudes for business.

This Degree Apprenticeship, as well as providing leadership and management skills, will lead to the following qualifications:

  • BA (Hons) Business Leadership and Management
  • Chartered Manager Status
  • Level 5 CMI Diplomas
  • Full Level 6 Apprenticeship Certification

The course will last three years and is offered on a day release basis from work.  This means that a full-time employee will work 30 hours in their job and will spend a day a week in Portsmouth Business School (PBS) on the Degree Apprenticeship programme (either Wednesday or Thursday).  Successful applicants must have 112 points from 3 A levels or equivalent, with English and Maths as a minimum of level 2. Alternatively, applicants will want to consolidate their work experience with a degree in management and have the energy for a real challenge. For further details on the course please visit the course overview page for BA (Hons) Business Leadership and Management.

It is anticipated that this Degree Apprenticeship scheme may be popular with staff and managers alike and this is the reason for introducing a University-wide initial expressions of interest application, which will allow us to ensure the maximum spread of staff potentially applying for the programme. If your initial expression of interest meets the above named requirements, you will be invited to apply to the programme through the normal route which is outlined at BA (Hons) Business Leadership and Management. Where there are more expressions of interest than places, a waiting list will be created and individuals will be contacted when future programmes become available.

If you are interested in becoming a University Degree Apprentice, please see further details here.

Information drop-in session: 16 May

If you are interested in the Degree Apprenticeship Scheme, or you are a manager of staff who are interested in becoming a University Degree Apprentice, please do come along to a Q&A drop-in session to find out more. This will be held on Tuesday 16 May 2017, between 12pm and 2pm in the Boardroom, St Andrew’s Court.



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