Introduced in 2014, degree apprenticeships give students the chance to earn their degree whilst getting valuable work experience. They’re designed to get students skilled up quickly and off to a flying start in industry at the cost of providing the research entry points of a traditional degree. For students intending to go straight into a job after university, they’re proving an increasingly popular choice.
Degree apprenticeships are emblematic of the ways in which higher education is evolving. Students today are more aware of just how competitive the world of employment can be. They’re turning to courses, in whatever form, that equip them with industry-ready skills for a competitive edge in the market. They also want solutions to the chicken and egg problem faced by many graduates without job experience.
The universities that provide solutions to these challenges are the ones that will increase their market share over the coming few years. It’s also likely that the institutions that don’t evolve and adapt will lose out.