New funding to bolster UCLan's apprenticeship provision

By Tim Aldred

25 Mar 2024

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The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has secured funding of £480,639 to increase the range of apprenticeships offered over the 2023-24 and 2024-25 academic years. 

The university is now able to offer additional degree apprenticeships in health, engineering, and cybersecurity after successfully being granted funding from the Office for Students (OfS).

The seven new degree apprenticeship courses includes: Aerospace Software Engineer; Electrical or Electronic Technical Support Engineer; Manufacturing Engineer; Product Design and Development Engineer; Cyber Security Technical Professional; Occupational Therapist and Speech & Language Therapist.

Dharma Kovvuri, academic director for apprenticeships at UCLan, said: “We are proud to be a leading provider of degree apprenticeships, offering one of higher education's widest ranges.

“We are particularly excited about the new innovative programmes in health that are responding to skills needs for the NHS’ long term workforce plan.

“Our additional courses align with our commitment to employers to deliver degree apprenticeships which address skills gaps and positively contribute to regional economic growth.

“This funding, driven by our passion for transforming lives, will also enhance our innovative apprenticeship matching service.”

Martin Blunt, head of the Enterprise and Engagement Unit, added: “The University of Central Lancashire’s Apprenticeship Matching Service (AMS) is a free specialist recruitment service designed for employers across diverse sectors looking to take on a degree apprentice.

“AMS will support businesses with recruitment, identifying the best talent to maximise a business’s potential. Concurrently, the AMS team works with educational institutions and other organisations, to help individuals find the perfect Degree Apprenticeship opportunity across a range of disciplines.”

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