£10m funding boost for degree apprenticeships

The government has pledged £10 million to increase the number of degree apprenticeships, allowing more people to work towards a high-level qualification while working.

Business secretary Sajid Javid launched the fund last week during a visit to Manchester Metropolitan University.

Some £8 million will be used to support universities to design and deliver new degree apprenticeships, with the remaining £2 million focused on encouraging more learners to choose degree apprenticeships.


‘Life-changing’ chances

The fund will run for the next two years and the process for universities bidding for the funds will be announced next month.

Mr Javid said: “We launched degree apprenticeships to unlock life changing opportunities for young people and give businesses the skills they need.

“This multi-million pound fund will go further in helping universities and employers design new top quality degree apprenticeships and open doors to our young people.”

More than 60 people are already studying at Manchester Metropolitan University as part of a digital and technology solutions professional degree apprenticeship. Students are working with companies including Barclays, Lloyds and Astra Zeneca as well as with local employers.

The university will add a chartered manager degree apprenticeship to its portfolio of course from September.