Several of our year 13 students are embarking on an apprenticeship route after completing their A levels. They recently visited Aston University for an exciting opportunity to improve their understanding of Degree Apprenticeships. These are new ventures run by companies, alongside universities, with the help of government funding to enable students to ‘train while they learn’. They allow students to experience a trade and employment whilst studying for a degree at the same time.
A degree apprenticeship gives students the opportunity to earn a wage, and gain experience in their chosen field of work as well as obtain a degree without have the debt at the end. Students work a typical day and then study through webinars and on-line lectures streamed by their partner university.
Students were able to explore the degree apprenticeship route through a range of engaging activities and presentations. The event explained in detail what degree apprenticeships are, how they compare to the traditional degree route, what roles are available and how to apply. The students gained first-hand experience from existing degree apprentices studying at Aston University who shared their experiences and reasons for picking this route. Other employers who partner Aston University were available to discuss what they look for in an apprentice and gave their top tips for applying.