The funding is part of a total of £4.8m being awarded by Higher Education Funding Council for England to universities and colleges across England this autumn to develop new degree apprenticeships for students starting in September 2018.
The University will develop four new programmes in conjunction with East Kent Colleges’ Partnership. The courses will be: Architect Degree Apprenticeship; Architectural Assistant Degree Apprenticeship; Chartered Town Planner Degree Apprenticeship; and Construction Quantity Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship.
Designed by employers, higher education providers, and professional bodies, degree apprenticeships enable the development of high level skills, providing an alternative route to a degree and a career. Bringing together higher education study with paid work, degree apprentices spend part of their time in study and part with their employer.
Dr Scott Wildman, Director of Kent’s Centre for Higher and Degree Apprenticeships, welcomed the announcement and said it demonstrated the University’s commitment to expanding its portfolio of degree apprenticeships into new industry sectors.
Other partners in the successful University-led proposal to the Degree Apprenticeships Development Fund (DADF) Phase Two included Kent and Medway Construction and Built Environment Guild, Kent Construction Focus Group, Kent Country Council, and Medway and Thanet councils.
Nationally, the successful projects involve more than 60 higher education institutions and further education colleges and will aim to develop 4,500 new apprenticeship places.