Commenting on the launch today of research from Universities UK which shows the benefits and increasing popularity of degree apprenticeships, Michael Walby, director and apprenticeship lead at KPMG in the UK said:
"Today’s research from UUK corresponds with our own experience of school leaver programmes in the UK. KPMG’s Audit School Leaver programme has been popular since it was first introduced back in 2011.
“The report shows that employers, universities and the individuals that undertake degree apprenticeships have a “clear and positive perception” of such programmes and the results they produce by combining an academic degree with on the job experience.
“These apprenticeships have been seen to help organisations and universities alike widen participation by attracting students that previously may not have considered continuing their academic education.”
“However it is crucial that businesses offer a variety of routes to meaningful work in order to attract individuals from diverse backgrounds and to improve social mobility. Many school leavers may not choose to continue along an academic path and instead enter the workforce as soon as they leave further education. So, in order to attract these pockets of untapped talent, large organisations should also consider offering higher and degree apprenticeships alongside their traditional graduate routes.
“The announcement by the chancellor in yesterday’s budget highlighting investment in new “T-Level” technical apprenticeships is a positive step forward in achieving parity of esteem between academic and technical education. Businesses must play their part in achieving this ambition if we are to compete in an increasingly competitive, global economy. Without routes in to organisations which embrace the diversity of ways in which people learn, large communities of unlocked potential will remain out of reach to employers and their value lost.”
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