Apprenticeships at the University of Central Lancashire

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has launched an ambitious strategy to help meet the government’s target of three million apprenticeships in the workplace by 2020.

As Lancashire’s largest provider of graduate level qualifications, the university already has one percent of all the county’s residents enrolled on courses at any given time.

UCLan’s existing apprenticeship provision builds on its experience of offering flexible modes of delivery which integrate off-the-job training with on-the-job practice.

Currently it covers a wide range of areas, including healthcare, digital, policing, construction, engineering, professional services and management. The range of provision is now expanding rapidly.

Case Study: Balfour Beatty

Degree apprenticeship student Daniel Parkinson, currently studying on the BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying, believes that his decision to study at UCLan is already paying off.

Having already spent a few years working in construction, Daniel says he jumped at the chance to come to UCLan in order to continue his progress.

His current employers gave him the opportunity through a degree apprenticeship, and it is one that he has certainly grabbed with both hands. The qualification that he is now working towards is a vital part of the journey towards his goal.

“When Balfour Beatty offered me the opportunity to undertake the apprenticeship I knew this would be the course for me. It is also part of my learning development which I knew I wanted to undertake,” he said.

“I chose UCLan as it provides an RICS accredited degree, and it is also the closest one to my home.

“A few of my work colleagues have also studied here, with all of them receiving a first-class honours degree, so it made complete sense to study here and hopefully achieve the same.”

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