University of Winchester demystifies degree-level apprenticeships for business leaders
The new breed of degree-level apprenticeships is the focus of a business breakfast forum for regional business leaders hosted by the University of Winchester on Wednesday 20 September.
The event - which is open to any business interested in finding out more -sees the University share its expertise following the launch of the Apprenticeship Levy by the government last April. Degree apprenticeships combine career-boosting practical skills alongside academic knowledge gained through an innovative combination of campus and work-based experience.
"Degree apprenticeships allow companies to develop their existing staff, as well as recruit new talent and they offer a wide range of benefits to a business," said Stella McKnight, Director for Employer Partnerships at the University of Winchester.
"This event is a unique opportunity for regional businesses large and small to get advice on the new Levy from University of Winchester Business School experts, whether you're a large company wanting to find out how best to spend your levy or an SME wanting to access government funding towards the cost of training an apprentice."
At the business breakfast, David Way CBE, former CEO of the National Apprenticeship Service and Visiting Professor at the University, will lead a panel session with representatives from the University of Winchester Business School, Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and managers from businesses already engaged in degree apprenticeships delivered by the University. A Q&A session and a chance to network informally will follow.
The University of Winchester has a strong track record in delivering employer-led programmes and currently works in partnership with a number of partner employers to support them in attracting and retaining their top talent. These include Fujitsu; CGI; Marketing Sciences Ltd; Transactor Global Solutions; Quicksilva systems integration solutions, and OceanWise.
In July, Winchester announced a new partnership with the CMI. The University is one of the first universities in the UK to be accredited by the CMI as an approved centre to deliver the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship and support the future development of the next generation of professional managers and leaders.
The business breakfast forum takes place between 8am and 10am on 20 September at the University's West Downs Centre on Romsey Road and is open to local and regional businesses interested in finding out more.
Businesses wishing to attend the event should email: Tessa.Valentine@winchester.ac.uk. For more information about degree apprenticeships at the University of Winchester, email: Stella.McKnight@winchester.ac.uk.