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Degree Apprenticeships in Community and Youth Work

Youth Focus: North East have been approached by the University of Sunderland in regards to potential opportunities being presented by the new “Degree Apprenticeships”.

The University are interested in exploring a new route to qualifications in Community and Youth Work at Degree Level.  Degree apprenticeships provide an exciting development in vocational higher education and a new opportunity for universities, employers, and students.

Key features of the degree apprenticeship:

  • Degree apprenticeships combine university study and workplace learning to enable apprentices to gain a full bachelor’s or master’s degree.
  • An apprentice has full-time employment status rather than student status and receives at least an apprentice’s minimum wage.
  • Degree apprenticeships are co-designed by employers ensuring that apprentices are equipped with the skills employers need and boost their employment prospects.
  • Degree apprentices do not pay for training costs or student fees and are not eligible for student loans.
In April 2017 the Government is introducing a new apprenticeship levy which it has devised to help fund the roll out of the new apprenticeship programme to try and ensure that they reach their target of 3 million new apprenticeship starts by 2020. The apprenticeship levy requires all employers operating in the UK, with a pay bill over £3 million each year, to make an investment in apprenticeships.

The current position is that there are no degree apprenticeship frameworks specifically designed for community and youth work sector roles. This new scheme offers students the chance to study towards a degree qualification alongside their employment, with the cost of fees being shared by central government and employers.

The Government is clear that development of these degrees must be “employer-led”. In response to this, we are gauging the interest, from community and youth work sector employers in the North East, whether there is a need for this route for future workforce development. Also, whether there is the desire to create, and be part of, a local/regional consortium that could work with the University of Sunderland to make this available to potential community and youth work employees in the future.

If this is something you would either be interested in or find out more about please complete your details here.

We will be convening a meeting with the University of Sunderland in the near future and will be in touch with invites to interested parties.

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