Kent welcomes UK’s first degree-level economics apprenticeship students

Degree apprenticeship class of 2019

On Monday 9 September the University welcomed 90 learners from the UK’s first degree-level economics apprenticeship programme to its Canterbury campus.

A partnership between the University and the Government Economic Service (GES), the Professional Economist Degree Apprenticeship will create new routes to careers in the Civil Service and a wide range of other employers for young people who would prefer to study for a degree whilst working at the heart of government, the regulatory sector and in commerce.

The apprenticeship standard on which the programme is based was developed by a group of economist employers that included HM Treasury, the Bank of England, as well as a range of consultancies and third sector organisations.

Kent’s School of Economics, in conjunction with its Centre for Higher and Degree Apprenticeships, will deliver the programme.

Between 9 and 13 September the learners from GES, Civil Aviation Authority, Bank of England, Jacobs, Ofcom, Environment Agency, Arup and Northamptonshire County Council will meet with University staff, a variety of chief economists from their employers and begin their academic studies.

The Professional Economist Degree Apprenticeship is a four-year, Level 6, degree apprenticeship programme. Upon successful completion of the programme, learners will receive a BSc (Hons) in Economics (Professional Economist), a Professional Economist Apprenticeship Certificate, and four-years’ of relevant work experience.

Applications reopen again during December 2019. Further information can be found here.

A list of organisations participating in the next programme will be published shortly on the Centre for Higher and Degree Apprenticeships’ LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook channels.


Original article by Gary Hughes on University of Kent News Centre