The Telegraph is reporting that a new report has suggested that the number of people opting to undertake degree apprenticeships will soar in England next year.
According to Universities UK, applications for the higher education schemes will increase by more than 650 percent in 2018, with an additional 7,611 apprentices due to start university courses over the next three years.
The spike in new entrants will stem mainly from students who live close to their chosen university, and will see the vast majority of institutions open up to additional apprentices.
The report, based on a survey of 66 universities in England, also found that whilst students’ benefit from free university tuition, many employers are still unaware that the apprenticeship schemes exist.
Introduced in 2015, degree apprenticeships enable applicants to split their time between university study and the workplace and, as with other apprenticeships, the cost of course fees are shared between the Government and employers.
A range of employers – of varying sizes – are already working with universities to offer degree apprenticeships, including Mercedes-Benz, Nestlé, IBM, Airbus and Transport for London.
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