Cambridge University is to offer apprenticeships for the first time
Cambridge has been registered as an official apprenticeship trainer alongside companies such as Lloyds Bank, Greggs bakery and British Airways.
A spokesperson for Cambridge said,
“The university will be focusing its initial apprenticeship offer at the postgraduate level in a selected range of professional fields. Working with employers and apprentices, Cambridge is intending to deliver research-informed, apprenticeship training through its Institute of Continuing Education and academic departments.”
In real life, elite apprenticeships, which usually combine working with study, are fast becoming an alternative to conventional University. The civil service has always been the biggest provider of higher and degree apprenticeships, followed by BAE Systems, the aerospace company, and PWC, the accountancy firm. Some employers are predicting that they will eventually overtake graduate recruitment programmes.
Leading employers have often complained that graduates have very little experience of work and usually need extensive Training before they can become useful employees.