What is a degree apprenticeship? #NAW2018

Yesterday (6 March), our HR coordinator Sam Duell visited De Montfort University (DMU) to hear more about the innovative, new degree apprenticeships being launched.

DMU is launching five new degree apprenticeships in September – including one in building services design – and we’re delighted to be supporting this new initiative by taking on one of its students in September to come and develop their skills at our Kettering office.

These degree apprenticeships offer students the opportunity to gain a BSc or BEng degree as well as having a Level 6 apprenticeship qualification at the end of the course; giving them the practical and theoretical knowledge required to join the industry.

The Pro Vice-chancellor of DMU spoke at the event yesterday – which was held for employers to learn more about what the new courses would entail. He discussed: why these new programmes will benefit both students and business; how we, as an employer, could best use the apprenticeship levy and detailed how DMU would be working in conjunction with Leicester College to deliver these courses.

The building services design degree apprenticeship has been developed alongside the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) – a body we’re obviously also very closely connected to – as well as academics and industry leaders. It’s a blended work programme, working four days a week with a business like ours and one day a week studying at either DMU or Leicester College.

We’re finding it increasingly more difficult to recruit at the Kettering office due to the ever-increasing skills gap. Northern universities already offer similar programmes which work really well so I’m pleased to see that the Midlands is now catching on and addressing this need to close the skills gap.

As the HR coordinator for BSD’s eight offices, I have to ensure that we have the best people in place and, with this new degree apprenticeship in building services design coming to Leicester, I’m confident that we’ll see an increase in skilled trainees coming into the industry.

This course is really innovative and forward thinking and my day at DMU was incredibly useful – I came away feeling really inspired and we all look forward to welcoming our new apprentice in September.