National Apprenticeship Week 2018: Benefiting your business and the economy


Date: 5th Mar 2018

Over the next five days we are marking National Apprenticeship Week 2018 by shining a spotlight on Bucks New University’s earn-as-you-learn alternative to the traditional degree route.

The national awareness week, which takes place this week, is a way to celebrate apprenticeships and how they benefit people, businesses, communities and our economy.

Our higher and degree apprenticeships are another facet to Bucks’s commitment to change lives through skills-based teaching.

Professor Rebecca Bunting, Vice-Chancellor at Bucks New University, said: "National Apprenticeship Week is a great opportunity for us to highlight our degree apprenticeships. Our aim is to work with as many employers as possible to provide more people with access to higher education through practice-based learning and the ‘earn as you learn’ alternative to our traditional degree programmes.”National apprenticeship week logo

The theme for this year is ‘Apprenticeships Work’ and over the next five days we hope to show you how apprenticeships can boost business and empower workforces.

Working in partnership with the private and public sector, Bucks New University offers a flexible route for business to access the life-changing opportunities that higher education provides for its employees.

Starting with the introduction of the government’s Apprenticeship Levy last year, the new-style of training is new for the University but it has already has welcome the first cohort of Assistant Practitioner apprentices in January and is due to have its first Registered Nurse cohort in Spring.

Bucks is continually developing new degree apprenticeships in areas including early years education, health and social work, nursing, engineering, management, accountancy and digital technology.

The team at the Bucks New University hub, based at University Campus Aylesbury Vale, kicked off National Apprenticeship Week with a poster design competition.

Kate Danbury, Apprenticeships Programme Manager, and Lauren Besant, Marketing Officer, gave first-year BA (Hons) Graphic Design and Graphic Art students at our High Wycombe Campus a live-brief to create a poster promoting higher and degree apprenticeships.

Kate said: “We wanted to ask our very talented graphic arts students to put their creativity to the test by creating an attention-grabbing poster that highlights the benefits of new degree apprenticeships.

“Apprenticeships and the ability to collaborate with local businesses is such an exciting opportunity for Bucks, but we were also keen to work alongside our traditional degree students on a live brief and make the most of our home-grown talent. The results have been really creative and inspiring and will be put to good use in our work promoting apprenticeships.”

Lauren worked with the students asking them to create a poster for either employers or apprentices and said they had worked very hard on the designs.

She added: “I was so impressed with the enthusiastic way the students approached their first live brief. They produced some very eye-catching designs and it was lovely getting to work with them on an exciting new project.”

The winner is due to be announced on Thursday (8 March).

Throughout this week keep an eye on Twitter and LinkedIn to find out what’s going on, how apprenticeships work, and how they can act as a fast-track to a great career and business growth.

Levy or Non-levy? That is the question: visit our website tomorrow to find out about how the levy works for businesses who pay and those that don’t.


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