Following an enjoyable lunch with the University of Birmingham business engagement team, I was reflecting that business and universities should do more to collaborate. At its most basic - businesses have problems to solve, Universities have lots of very clever people, businesses want graduates with the right skills, universities want attractive and useful courses etc.
Its great to see my old Uni, The University of Birmingham making real efforts in this, and the new joint technology degree apprenticeship with PwC is a really innovative example.
As the Birmingham Uni meeting reminded me, apprenticeships can be self funding through the apprenticeship levy too. So, graduates trained as you need them, ambassadors for the business on campus and supporting the local university - wins all round !
The University of Birmingham and PwC have collaborated to launch a four year, fully-funded technology degree apprenticeship to develop the UK’s next generation of technology talent, to meet the needs of industry. Starting in September 2018, the innovative programme will initially see 40 students a year combining university life with practical work-based technology projects at PwC, Birmingham. Students will be PwC employees from the first day and receive a salary throughout. At the end of the programme they will come away with a degree in Computer Science from the University of Birmingham and a job at PwC, if they meet performance criteria. The University of Birmingham and PwC will work closely to design the programme to prepare young people for the changing world of work and to equip them with the digital skills in high-demand from businesses.