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APPRENTICESHIPS FEBRUARY 2017 61 Hands on-rewards Higher and Degree Apprenticeships are opening up new routes into industries demanding raw talent EMPLOYERS HAVE been aware of a skills gap in surveying for some time, and despite fears over a post-Brexit slump, there is still a need for new blood in many professions. To counteract these problems, last year the UK government launched its Higher and Degree Apprenticeships scheme. This programme aims to deliver practical skills alongside the advanced knowledge required to work in specialist areas. An example of this is the chartered surveyor degree apprenticeship run by London South Bank University (LSBU). With ties to the construction industry stretching back over 100 years, and as the first university to achieve RICS accreditation for its courses, LSBU is well placed to deliver the scheme. Alison May, apprenticeship manager at LSBU, explains: “Alongside a degree programme studied once a week on campus, apprentices follow a course of work-based learning projects, supported by a ‘master’ in their workplace. It takes five years to complete a full degree, or three years if the student already holds an HNC or equivalent qualification. Apprenticeship culminates in a final assessment which, in the case of quantity surveying, is RICS chartered membership. From September 2017 London South Bank University will be offering Higher and Degree Apprenticeships in: – Housing – Management – Engineering – Construction – Health To find out how apprenticeships can benefit your organisation, call the LSBU Apprenticeships Team on 020 7815 7395 or email apprenticeships@lsbu.ac.uk ”With the introduction of an apprenticeship levy this April for large employers, and a favourable funding model for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), Neil Weller, managing partner at Troup Bywaters & Anders, explains the benefits further: “We see this as a way of tackling the growing skills gap, and a valuable addition to the graduate route into the profession, with the added bonus of gaining work experience along the way. It also fits well with our ethos of being a practice that works hard to nurture talent and to promote from within.” Weller’s experience is echoed by the Skills Funding Agency, which reports that 90% of apprentices stay in employment, and 75% will take on more job responsibility after completing their placement. From September 2017 London South Bank University will be offering Higher and Degree Apprenticeships in; • Management • Engineering • Construction • Health • Housing Click/tap for more info 222516-2-17LBM London South Bank Uni.indd 1 12/01/2017 11:45


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