Derby University launches finance and accounting apprenticeship

The University of Derby is launching a “degree apprenticeship”, giving students a greater career-led way to earn and learn.

The university’s business school is developing the Integrated Masters in Accounting and Finance programme.

Students will earn a professional accounting qualification and masters degree – simultaneously, making it the second programme of its kind in the UK.

Apprentices are employed throughout the course and spend part of their time at university and part of the time with their employer.

Jonathan Mills, an accounting expert heading up the new course, said: “The idea of earning and learning that came out of research the Government had commissioned is spot on.

“Having students learning and contributing to the economy at the same time is very efficient and productive. Higher apprenticeships like this one at Derby are a great way for students, employers and higher education institutions to bridge skill gaps together.”

Businesses are invited to attend an information evening on June 17, at the university’s Kedleston Road site, to find out more about the plans for the accounting and finance apprenticeship degrees.

Key organisations such as the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, the Association of Accounting Technicians and Sage are working on the programme, to ensure the course fits the needs of the industry.

For more information on apprenticeship degrees or to book your place at the information evening, visit the university’s website.