November 5, 2018, by Emma Rayner
First degree apprentices learn ‘on the job’ at University of Nottingham
The first ever intake of degree apprentices to study at the University of Nottingham alongside their day jobs in the National Health Service have started their studies.
The University has partnered with Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and the Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to deliver the 30-month programme.
Eight registered health professionals are working towards a Masters degree in Advanced Clinical Practice taught in the University’s School of Health Sciences. The apprenticeship is the first of a series of degree programmes to be launched at Level 6+. Further programmes in Social Work, Data Science and Management are being developed for 2019.
Ruth Eccles, Head of Degree Apprenticeships at the University of Nottingham, said: “Degree apprenticeships help employers to tailor learning to their own strategic issues and priorities. They’re an innovative and impactful way for businesses to attract, develop and retain talent and for students to gain a degree while working. We’re excited to be working with a range of existing partners and with new businesses in the development of new programmes that will address local and national skills gaps.”
Sue Haines, Assistant Director of Nursing at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “Advanced clinical practitioners are essential for the delivery of high quality, safe patient care and the need for these highly skilled roles is rapidly growing across clinical services in Nottinghamshire. We are really delighted to be working in partnership with University of Nottingham on this innovative new apprenticeship.
“The course is funded through the apprenticeship levy, a new route open to us as employers. We will be evaluating the progress and impact of this masters level apprenticeship training, with a view to wider expansion from 2019 onwards.”
Pictured from left to right are: Amy Johnson, Matthew Govan, Emma Walker, Professor Matthew Dickinson, Hannah Polak, Harriet Waters, Pro Vice Chancellor John Atherton, Anthony Doherty, Dr. Ruth Pearce, Chelsie Rogers, Kimberley Dennis, Ruth Eccles, Dr. Frank Coffey, James Pratt and Kate Knowles.
More information about the University’s Degree Apprenticeships is available here.