Capgemini has launched a Degree Apprenticeship programme to give students the opportunity to earn a degree and gain work experience while earning a salary.
In partnership with Aston University and the government, students on the programme will spend four-and-a-half years in client-facing roles across Capgemini’s UK offices while studying for a BSc (Hons) degree.
The students will earn a salary and will not have to pay for their university fees. The programme will commence in September and aims to recruit 65 students for the 2015-2016 academic year.
The part-time degree is to offer programmes in software engineering and business information systems. The Degree Apprenticeship builds on Capgemini’s current Higher Apprentice Programme.
The students will complete the majority of the Degree Apprenticeship in the workplace, with additional virtual learning tools and visits to Aston University’s campus. The programme will start with 11 weeks in Capgemini’s National Apprentice Training Centre.
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Anouska Ramsay, Capgemini's director of talent, said the Degree Apprenticeship Programme will enable young people to build the academic and practical skills needed for success in the tech sector and help create the talent needed to boost the digital economy.
“At Capgemini we have long been committed to nurturing young talent and are proud to be working at the forefront of this industry-wide initiative that will help the UK compete on the global stage within the technology sector,” she said.
Ian Nabney, who has been developing the Degree Apprenticeships and partnerships on behalf of Aston University, said the university is committed to innovative employer-led learning.
“The aim of these new apprenticeships is to combine academic learning with real-life practical skills to ensure the UK has the talented and creative digital workforce that it needs in the future,” he said.