The Tech Partnership

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I am delighted to offer my own personal congratulations to the UK’s first ever degree apprentice graduates. The hard work and commitment involved is truly admirable and highlights the opportunities apprenticeships can bring.

Rt Hon Anne Milton MP, Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills

First digital degree apprentices graduate today

17.07.2017

First digital degree apprentices graduate today

17.07.2017

Eleven young Capgemini employees were today awarded with a BSc in Digital and Technology Solutions by Aston University - part of the first ever cohort of digital degree apprentices to graduate. 

Each of the degree apprentices graduates with an honours degree, real-life work experience, a salary, no student debt to repay and fantastic career prospects, after three years of study at Aston University combined with skills development through their jobs at Capgemini.

The BSc Digital and Technology Solutions degree apprenticeship was designed by employers working together through the Tech Partnership, and introduced as the first of its kind in any sector. Industry also provides Tech Industry Gold accreditation for degree apprenticeship programmes which meet industry standards for quality of delivery, helping other employers to buy with confidence. 700 employees from over 60 companies, including Accenture, Atos, BT, CGI, Ford, Fujitsu, Goldman Sachs, GSK, IBM, John Lewis, Lloyds Bank and Virgin Media, are currently on Tech Industry Gold degree apprenticeships at 16 universities across England.

Employers are currently working through the Tech Partnership to create a Masters degree apprenticeship, incorporating an MSc in Digital and Technology Solutions, which we hope will be available from early 2018. Designed to help employers meet more complex and demanding skills challenges, the new Masters apprenticeship will, like the degree apprenticeship, be eligible for funding via the apprenticeship levy. Typically delivered over 18-24 months, it will offer both new entrants and existing staff the opportunity to gain a Masters degree while working.

Rt Hon Anne Milton MP, Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills, said: "I am delighted to offer my own personal congratulations to the UK’s first ever degree apprentice graduates. The hard work and commitment involved is truly admirable and highlights the opportunities apprenticeships can bring. I hope this will encourage more people to consider a degree apprenticeship. It is a great way to earn while you learn at some of the UK’s top universities and to go on to secure a rewarding job. Well done to all the students and also congratulations to both Aston University and Capgemini for breaking new ground."

Karen Price, CEO of the Tech Partnership, said: "Today’s graduation shows what we can achieve when employers and educators come together to work in collaboration. Everybody wins with Tech Industry Gold degree apprenticeship programmes – employers, who have access to top young talent; universities, who benefit from closeness to industry; and of course the apprentices themselves, who gain a blend of academic and practical skills, earn an honours degree and all without incurring graduate debt."

View the list of Tech Industry Gold degree apprenticeship programmes here