A partnership between three leading universities in the West Midlands is aiming to provide more than 1,000 degree apprenticeships.
The West Midlands Combined Universities (WMCU), made up of Birmingham City University, Coventry University and the University of Wolverhampton, aim to deliver 1,200 degree apprenticeships to help close skills gaps in a number of sectors.
The partnership’s degree apprenticeship courses, aimed at upskilling the region’s existing workforce, have been developed with more than 200 employers in the West Midlands, covering courses in digital and technology, construction, engineering, professional services, manufacturing and healthcare.
WMCU’s retention rate is also 66 per cent, meaning that on average two-thirds of students choose to stay and work in the West Midlands after graduating.
The latest news from the WMCU is in line with plans set out in the West Midlands Regional Skills Plan, launched by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) last year.
The plan aims to tackle an urgent need for skilled workforces to support thriving industries across the region, while ensuring that local people and communities are able to benefit from the jobs and opportunities emerging. Read the full article here.