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You’ll be getting a fee-free degree and you can work across all sectors - big tech companies, but also in transport, finance, healthcare. They all need tech skills too.

Tech Partnership showcases Degree Apprenticeships to 1000s of career starters

16.12.2016

Tech Partnership showcases Degree Apprenticeships to 1000s of career starters

16.12.2016

The Tech Partnership were at the TechMix careers show on Wednesday to showcase the benefits of tech careers, apprenticeships and degree apprenticeships to career starters.

The event at Westminster Hall was attended by over a thousand young people looking to take their first step towards a digital career, hear talks from industry leaders, and speak to scores of employers, universities and training providers about careers and placements.

The Tech Partnership’s Head of Higher Education Bob Clift gave a summit speech on degree apprenticeships to a packed-out auditorium: “We talk about disruptive tech: to me degree apprenticeships are the disruptive tech in education,” he said.

“I would urge those going to university to consider a tech degree apprenticeship. You’ll be getting a fee-free degree and you can work across all sectors - big tech companies, but also in transport, finance, healthcare. They all need tech skills too.”

A collaboration between the Tech Partnership and Government, degree apprenticeships were introduced in 2015 to allow students to achieve a full honours degree at the same time as undertaking a job – a chance to earn as they learn.

Other speakers at the event included Twitter’s Bruce Daisley, who gave a seminar on how to trend on Twitter, and the Ministry of Justice’s Emily Hall-Strutt, who spoke about bridging the gender gap in technology.

City & Guild’s Mark Whitehouse spoke about the increasing relevance and popularity of apprentices, saying opportunities were “there for the taking”. “All big innovative tech companies are hiring apprentices now,” he said.

“I studied maths at university, and while I have lots of weird and wonderful equations in my head, I’m never going to use them. An apprenticeship teaches you the skills you use.”

Former apprentices were also on hand to share their positive experiences, including digital marketing apprentice Georgina Taylor. “On results day, everyone around me was ecstatic about achieving the grades for university, but I wasn’t as excited. I’d had enough of textbook learning,” she said. “I got really well-rounded experience from my apprenticeship.”

An event series across London, the TechMix Digital Careers Road Show brings together over 100 digital companies and employers, to promote their jobs, placements and apprenticeships.

Discover the next event at techmixmag.com

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