Capgemini leads the way, along with Aston University, to deliver UK’s first ever degree apprentices


With the Apprenticeship Levy only coming into play on the 6th April 2017, we have to take our hats off to Capgemini and Aston University. Why? Let’s review the timelines. The plans for this levy were only announced by the then PM, David Cameron, back in August 2015. This goes to show that this unique partnership between Capgemini and Aston University showed incredible foresight.

This was no partnership of convenience. This was the collaboration of two bodies, who recognised that if someone didn’t step up, the country was going to be answerable to some serious skill set shortages. So, they didn’t pontificate. They didn’t hesitate. They got on and did something about it. As a Tech Partnership-led initiative developed with the government, it’s meant a raft of young people have been able to achieve a degree whilst employed in the industry, with their tuition fees paid by the employer.

And the result, after four and a half years of studying and whilst also working for Capgemini, is that come 17 July 2017, they will see 11 graduands receive a second-class degree and above in BSc (Honours) in Digital and Technology and 7 graduands receive a first-class degree.

Professor Ian Nabney, Executive Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Aston University, said: “Degree apprenticeships are a valuable option to applicants whose learning style is less suited to a traditional on-campus study route. The difference in delivery, allows them to apply their learning in the workplace rather than the classroom. This offers those with the right skills and aptitudes a challenging but rewarding route to graduate level jobs, while their academic achievement is recognised as being at the same high level as a traditionally-earned degree.”   

And the good news doesn’t stop there. There are a further 240 apprentices currently on the Capgemini Degree Apprenticeship Programme with Aston University for graduation over the next five years. As apprentices with Capgemini, their roles may include software developer, technical applications consultant, insights and data consultant or cyber security. 

Ruth South, Head of Graduate and Apprenticeship Programmes at Capgemini, said: “We wholeheartedly congratulate 11 of our apprentices on becoming the first graduates of an industry sponsored digital and technology solutions degree – it’s a fantastic achievement highlighting their commitment and landmark not only for us, but for the digital industry as a whole.

“Capgemini’s Degree Apprenticeship Programme is the first of its kind in the industry, and one of many educational initiatives we have in place in our efforts to create pathways to employment for young people of all backgrounds and develop leaders of the future to plug the digital skills gap.

“Our work to develop the next-generation of IT developers, engineers and consultants is something that we have immense pride in. Over the course of this year we will be hiring 100 new degree apprentices in a variety of roles and locations, as we look to build on our hard work to support and inspire young people and unlock their potential, today and for the future.”


Tuesday, 4 July 2017

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Capgemini leads the way, along with Aston University, to deliver UK’s first ever degree apprentices