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Middlesex celebrates productive year since introduction of apprenticeships levy

Achievements build on the University’s rich history of developing innovative work-based learning programmes

Just one year since the Apprenticeships Levy was introduced, Middlesex University has stepped-up its focus on apprenticeships with a new Centre for Apprenticeships and Skills, new contracts to develop degree apprenticeships in the public sector, and a range of courses already open and on offer to businesses.

While the introduction of the levy has led the University to work with industry to adapt its degree apprenticeship programmes in line with the Institute for Apprenticeships’ new procedures, Middlesex has over 25 years of experience in developing innovative work-based learning programmes that enable individuals to gain professional recognition and enhance their careers, and that enable employers to develop their workforce.

With our extensive experience in providing education, research and consultancy services to the public sector nationally with a focus on delivery of public services, we were proud to be awarded the maximum HEFCE Degree Apprenticeship Development Funding in 2017.

The funding, which will help provide the qualified, skilled workers needed in the future to deliver the UK’s essential public services, is being used by Middlesex and our public sector partners to develop degree apprenticeships for police officers, nurses, teachers and social workers.

Working with industry

As well as our longstanding work in the public sector, Middlesex has also recently worked with high-profile private sector organisations such as Royal Mail, EasyJet, Asda, Halifax Bank, WorldPay, Sony Mobile, SAP, Wipro, Toshiba Tech and BT.

Middlesex continues to welcome new starters to our Chartered Manager degree apprenticeship and we are ready to offer the B2B Sales Professional degree apprenticeship as soon as the standard has been approved.

We are developing and planning a range of other degree apprenticeships for launch this year including Accountancy Professional; Digital Technology Solutions Professional; Academic Professional; Senior Leader; and Commercial Airline Pilot.

Building the future

Construction in particular is an industry sector where Middlesex boasts years of experience and is in a unique position to be able to offer degree apprenticeships under the existing Level 6 Construction Management framework – including a seamless transfer to new standards once they are approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships.

“Our expertise and the high quality work-based programmes we deliver have made Middlesex University a leader in professional education in the UK and internationally,” says Darryll Bravenboer, Director of Apprenticeships and Skills at Middlesex University.

“We recognise that apprenticeships are an important learning pathway that have the potential to transform the workplace, bringing benefits to business through upskilling and raising productivity, and to employees who can gain professional qualifications while gaining on-the-job experience.

“During National Apprenticeships Week and beyond, our dedicated team here at Middlesex are ready to talk to employers about how we can help them to get the best value out of the Apprenticeships Levy.”

National recognition

Middlesex University’s expertise in professional and work-based higher education has also been recognised with a number of accolades including:

  • the award of the Queens Anniversary Prize for innovation in work-based learning
  • being designated as a Centre of Excellence for work-based learning by the Higher Education Academy
  • the award of the largest HEFCE workforce development project in the country
  • being one of only two higher education institutions in the country to be awarded a Skills Funding Agency project to develop higher and degree apprenticeships
  • membership of the QAA Higher Education in Apprenticeships Advisory Group
  • being listed by the European Commission as a best practice case study for university-business collaboration through work-based learning.

For more information about how working in partnership with Middlesex University could help you shape your workforce strategy and make best use of your apprenticeships levy, contact us on:

Phone: 020 8411 5050
Email: apprenticeships@mdx.ac.uk

Find out more about our degree-level apprenticeships

Learn more about our courses in construction professional practice

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