Each year, more and more students throughout the UK are pursuing alternative pathways to traditional full-time university study with apprenticeships and sponsored degree courses proving increasingly popular.
A ‘Degree Apprenticeship’ is a real job, combined with study at university. Typically, apprentices split their time between university and the workplace, with a view to gaining a full Bachelor’s or Master’s degree whilst earning a wage and getting real on-the-job experience in their chosen profession.
This year, a number of students from Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ Winstanley College have opted to undertake prestigious apprenticeships at leading organisations BT, Unilever, Deloitte and Siemens.
Nick Bristow, formerly of St Peter’s Catholic High School, begins an Operations apprenticeship within BT’s new ‘BT Enterprise’ division in October. Nick said: “I chose the apprenticeship as I felt this route would be more suited to me. I feel ready to take that next step from college into work. I am also keen to explore the progression opportunities that a company like BT has to offer.”
Former Golborne High School student Ryan Healey’s 4 year ‘Level 6 Data Analysis Degree Apprenticeship’ with Unilever will see him take on a Data Analyst role in the ‘Cloud Automation Engineering department’. Ryan will be based at Unilever’s R&D site in Port Sunlight from Monday to Thursday and will work towards his degree on Fridays. Ryan commented: “The main reason I chose it was the combination of on-the-job experience whilst still getting a degree, a salary & no debt at the end. Unilever is a vast company, this really appealed to me along with the opportunity to work around the world on different projects.”
Ex Shevington High School pupil Lucy Cotton has accepted the offer of an apprenticeship with accountancy firm Deloitte. Lucy added: “I am doing Audit & Assurance. I chose that route because I always knew I wanted to pursue a career in finance and I am highly motivated to better myself and become a chartered accountant within 3 years. In the future, I hope to become a successful, independent business woman, always striving to achieve my full potential.”
Megan Cooper – Brooks, who came to Winstanley from Rivington and Blackrod High School, has accepted the offer of a place with Siemens PLC to do an apprenticeship in Management Accounting, with a view to completing the CIMA qualification. Megan said: “University just wasn’t for me and this is an extremely exciting opportunity; I can’t wait to get stuck in. I hope to have completed all the CIMA exams in the next 3 years and then travel within the company. Hopefully, I’ll make enough secure connections to gain a well-respected position.”