The Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship is a new accelerated programme launched by Newcastle College University Centre. It’s a unique degree apprenticeship which will support digital employers across the North East allowing apprentices to fast track through their degree in just two years, rather than the traditional three.
Developed in partnership with Accenture, the programme is the first of its kind in the UK. Based on the University Centre’s existing Digital and Technology Solutions Degree, it covers a broad base of digital skills and fundamental programming competencies, while offering additional specialisms including cyber security, data analysis, software engineering and network engineering.
The programme has been developed in direct response to demand from digital employers who highlighted a need to recruit work-ready employees, something which is a priority.
The Stay and Succeed Project aims to support former students into employment and help employers in the region’s digital sector to recruit skilled graduates, through partially funding a number of paid internships. Backed by funding from the Office for Students (OfS), as part of a scheme to help keep graduate talent in home cities and address regional skills gaps, the University Centre will contribute up to 50% of paid salaries for its own graduates.
These recent developments put Newcastle College University Centre at the forefront of digital training to support the region’s Digital Growth Strategy, which aims to improve the digital capabilities of every business, address the digital skills gap and build a digitally skilled workforce.
The first cohort of apprentices is due to start in February. An event to help digital businesses across the region find out how it could benefit them will be held next month.