Capgemini UK and Aston University have launched two work-based full-course degrees in software engineering and information systems.
The degrees will be taught and delivered at Capgemini rather than students attending day release at university.
The software engineering degree will focus on developing students’ technical abilities and understanding, whereas the information systems degree will focus on IT management. Both degrees will involve two years on the Capgemini Higher Apprenticeship programme and three years studying for the BSc.
Previous Capgemini Higher Apprentice graduates will be able to progress to the second year of university study.
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Capgemini’s UK executive chairman, Christine Hodgson, said: “This is a huge achievement, for those that have completed their apprenticeships and for the business. As one of the world’s largest IT organisations, we take our responsibility to the next generation of IT developers, engineers and consultants very seriously.”
The number of Higher Apprentices joining Capgemini has increased since the programme's launch, with 120 being accepted on to its two- to five-year study and work programme in 2014. The 22 Higher Apprentices graduating this year were the first to join the company in 2011.
Julia King, Aston University’s vice-chancellor, said: “The degree programmes will be delivered almost entirely in the workplace rather than through day release, providing even greater flexibility for students to combine work alongside study.
“Over the past two years, 14 of Aston’s own graduates have been recruited to Capgemini’s graduate training programme and I look forward to welcoming the Higher Apprentice graduates to Aston University and the next stage of their educational journey.”
Capgemini is also developing a cyber security apprenticeship which aims to take five apprentices on to its security practice.