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This demonstrates the passion and support that so many employers, universities and training providers are directing towards digital apprenticeships and degree apprenticeships.

Major employers meet to ensure standards in digital and degree apprenticeships

15.11.2016

Major employers meet to ensure standards in digital and degree apprenticeships

15.11.2016

Major employers from across the tech sector joined with training providers and universities this week for the digital apprenticeship and degree apprenticeship standards steering group’s inaugural meeting.

The Tech Partnership-organised event, hosted by Fujitsu, saw employers from organisations including Accenture, BT, DWP, JP Morgan and the Armed Forces meet to discuss challenges and potential solutions to implementing standards, which aim to ensure qualifications meet employers’ and learners’ needs.

Standards outline the skills required of an apprentice in specific job roles and aim to give companies assurance that their apprentice programmes are of real, long-term benefit to their businesses, while giving apprentices a clear understanding of the skills they will acquire.

The group discussed a spectrum of issues related to digital apprenticeship standards including progress with degree-level apprenticeships, how to accredit universities, and how to encourage others to join employer groups developing the new standards.

Jenny Taylor, Early Professional Programmes at IBM said: “As chair of the Digital Apprenticeship Standards Steering Group I was delighted so many people attended. This demonstrates the passion and support that so many employers, universities and training providers are directing towards digital apprenticeships and degree apprenticeships.”

The group reflected on new areas for standard setting, identifying User Experience, Data Analytics and Cyber Security as key job roles that could benefit from standards

Fred Rayers, Senior Customer Solution Architect at Fujitsu, said: “We were delighted to host this meeting at Fujitsu. Like many other companies we are committed to apprenticeships and expect many of our apprentices to be our future leaders.”

Find out more about the Tech Partnership’s work on apprenticeship standards

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