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 !