HE and Apprenticeship Bites

HE and Apprenticeship Bites


A round up of bites from in and around the world of apprenticeships, graduate and early-years talent.

Institute of Student Employers

Institute of Student Employers (ISE) has appointed two new fellows to drive its vision to ‘maximise the success of every business through full access to student talent’.

Alison Heron, Global Head of Employer Brand at GSK, and Bob Athwal, Senior Talent Manager at Skyscanner, are both experts in early careers and recruitment.

They join existing fellows and former ISE chairs Terence Perrin and Alison Hodgson as well as former ISE CEO Carl Gilleard.

An ISE fellow is a voluntary role, which is nominated by the ISE board in recognition of their contribution and ongoing support of the Institute and industry.  As chair of the ISE Nomination Remuneration and Governance Committee, Craig Babcock proposes fellows to the board.

Craig commented: “We’re delighted to welcome such influential industry figureheads to our team. Their appointment will inform and drive some of our most important projects. As well as supporting the board and the ISE’s strategic objectives they will help to deliver success on behalf of all of our members.”


UCAS has made three new appointments to their Board of Trustees, following a thorough recruitment process.

The new trustees are Caroline Hoddinott, Headteacher of Haybridge High School and Sixth Form in the West Midlands, Professor Malcolm Press, Vice-Chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University and Mark Felix, Commercial Director (Insurance & Home Services) of the MoneySuperMarket Group.

The UCAS Board of Trustees is made up of representatives from the higher, further, and secondary education sectors, plus independent experts appointed based on their specific skills, knowledge, and expertise.

The Board meets five times a year and is responsible for ensuring UCAS sets an ambitious strategy, meets its charitable objectives, achieves growth across the business, and makes good progress towards its strategic aims.


Siemens has announced a new academic teaching programme called Connected Curriculum, 18 months after launching its MindSphere Innovation Network (MINe), in partnership with higher education providers.

The University of Sheffield, Liverpool John Moores, Middlesex University, Newcastle University and Manchester Metropolitan University have all already signed-up to the initiative. As a result, each institution will work closely with Siemens to bring advanced industrial tools, data and approaches into their respective apprenticeship, undergraduate and masters courses.  

Festo, the global supplier of automation technology and provider of industrial training and education programs is a key delivery partner for the new curriculum.

At the heart of the Connected Curriculum is Siemens Digital Industries world-leading industrial software portfolio and cloud-based IoT platform MindSphere.

MindSphere is a highly secure operating system which connects industrial machines and devices via IoT protocols. It allows data from multiple sources to be captured and analysed simultaneously, creating a real-time picture of the whole production process via a single, powerful and intuitive interface.

Since launching in 2017, the MINe program has engaged with over 50 businesses on more than 20 projects.  Common feedback from all the collaborations has been the need to build the skill base in companies and universities alike.

Manchester Metropolitan University will be the partner university in the Connected Curriculum that will focus on delivery to postgraduate students – embedding the programme in its new Industry 4.0 Masters courses in the Faculty of Science and Engineering that are launching in September to bridge the Industry 4.0 skills gap.

Other participants at the Symposium included Dr David Pugh from the Digital Catapult, who gave the keynote speech, Rab Scott, Head of Digital at the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), and Andy Gilchrist, Business Development Manager at the Science Division, University of Oxford.


KPMG has announced plans to expand its Software Engineering Degree Apprenticeship, as the firm embarks on a drive to train more engineers to support its burgeoning technology team.

The expanded scheme will offer 21 places and will enable aspiring engineers to gain a BSc honours degree in Digital and Technology Solutions from Queen Mary University London, whilst working alongside KPMG’s experts and earning a wage. KPMG successfully piloted the programme in 2018, initially offering 5 places.

While they study, the apprentices will work in KPMG’s financial services technology team and gain valuable industry experience. The team advises a wide range of clients, from start-ups, to established tech companies and financial institutions. It helps businesses move their customer service and account monitoring operations to the cloud, as well as providing advice on regulatory compliance.


Appris, a not for profit registered charity, is expanding its engineering & manufacturing apprenticeship provision with the addition of a new Training Centre on its existing site in Laisterdyke, Bradford.

To cope with the surge in advanced apprenticeships, specifically in machining, maintenance and welding. The Centre will accommodate up to 78 students each day and complement the existing provision of mechanical, electrical and electronic workshops and classrooms.

Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright has announced a new apprenticeships pilot scheme to enable young people from underrepresented groups to work on some of the most hotly-anticipated films and TV programmes made in the UK.

Building on calls by the CIC and ScreenSkills, DCMS has committed £100,000 to help deliver the innovative Film and TV Apprenticeships pilot which will enable around 25 apprentices to benefit from hands-on experience on the sets of major films and TV shows.

It will explore a new model for how high-quality apprenticeships can be used to deliver multiple placements on film and TV productions, as well as addressing skills shortages.

The pilot will launch in late 2019 with recruitment focussed on young people from all backgrounds and without previous relevant qualifications.

The CIC Charter commits the industry to take action in eight areas to create a more diverse workforce and output that appeals to people from all backgrounds and regions of the UK. It has been formally adopted by the Council, which is made up of leading figures across the Creative Industries including TV, computer games, fashion, music, arts, publishing and film.

The industry-wide pledge builds on a range of initiatives in place across creative sub-sectors including the BFI’s Diversity Standards aimed specifically at the screen industries.


The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has approved a brand new ‘Drinks Dispense Technician’ apprenticeship. After originally being developed by the Trailblazer Employer Group co-chaired by, Marston’s and Innserve with the support from BFBi this is an industry first.

The newly approved Level 3 apprenticeship is an engineering and manufacturing route with a typical duration of 18 months. Funded through the Apprenticeship Levy, the apprenticeship provides an occupational standard sought after by employers.

Aimed at existing employees within the drinks dispense industry and new recruits, the apprenticeship is designed with both on and off the job training with the opportunity to learn from peers and experts as well as receiving a base education. The apprenticeship is welcomed by the drinks dispense industry as a way of recruiting, attracting and developing a pipeline of new industry specialists, in a role where there is a shortage of experts.

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

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