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DEGREE APPRENTICESHIPS ANNUAL REVIEW
2019 - 2020

“Degree Apprenticeships combine learning in the workplace with a high-quality education, allowing students to earn while they learn. They are starting to have a significant impact on sectors with skills shortages, such as digital technology.
Alistair Jarvis Chief Executive of Universities UK
CONTENTS
2 / Introduction 3 / Our successes 5 / Who we work with 7 / What we offer 9/ Our new programmes 11 / Celebrating our success 31 / Shaping the policy 40 / Apprenticeship Research Unit



AN AWARD-WINNING YEAR FOR DEGREE APPRENTICESHIPS

I am delighted to report that this has been another very successful year for Manchester Metropolitan University’s degree apprentices: 96% of them graduated with a distinction or merit, including our first cohorts of Chartered Managers and MBA degree apprentices. This is a testimony to the continued dedication and hard work of our apprentices; the commitment and support of their employers; and the excellent education, training and guidance provided by members of the University.

The high quality of our provision has been recognised at national level in many ways, including being the first university to win the AAC Digital Apprenticeship Provider of the Year award. Interest from employers continues to grow, despite the challenges that we face as a country, and we are adding to our portfolio of courses.
Our Degree Apprenticeships also widen opportunity. In STEM subjects, they attract more women than traditional degree courses. More broadly, they offer a route into and through higher education for people from some of our most deprived areas, for whom a conventional full-time degree may not be practical.
Collectively, we should be proud of our achievements and the contribution that we are making to reinvigorate the economy and build a more equal society. Next year promises to be even better, and I invite you – apprentice or employer – to be part of it with us.
Professor Malcolm Press Vice-Chancellor Manchester Metropolitan University

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OUR SUCCESSES
RATED OUTSTANDING
by OFSTED 2018
400+
EMPLOYERS
TOP UNIVERSITY IN THE UK
FOR DEGREE APPRENTICESHIPS
Rate My Apprenticeship Awards 2020

FINALIST

Best University Apprenticeship Training
School Leaver Awards Finalist 2020

25+
APPRENTICES RECOGNISED
at regional and national awards
96%
1ST OR 2.1 DEGREES IN
2020
2,000
DEGREE
APPRENTICES
On 13 Degree Apprenticeships

TEACHER OF THE YEAR
Derren Wilson Digital and Technology
Solutions
Manchester Met’s Students’ Union Teaching
Awards 2020
DIGITAL APPRENTICESHIP
PROVIDER OF THE YEAR
AAC Awards 2020

AWARD
REGIONAL WINNERS
Apprentice and Employer Categories National Apprenticeship
Awards 2020

GRADUATE ACHIEVEMENTS
Hundreds of digital and leadership and management degree apprentices graduated in 2019 and 2020 with outstanding results. These are some of their successes:

96% earned a 1st class or 2:1 degree classification

96% achieved a distinction or merit in the end-point assessment

90%

would recommend a Degree Apprenticeship

93%

received contract

a

permanent

78% received a pay rise

63% received a promotion

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WHO WE WORK WITH
Our Degree Apprenticeships are co-designed, co-delivered, co-assessed and co-evaluated alongside our employers.
We are privileged to work with over 400 of the most exciting and progressive organisations in the UK, whose commitment to offering opportunities and developing talent spans both public and private sectors and ranges from SMEs to multi-national companies.

The breadth of our partnerships include:

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WHAT WE OFFER
Developing employees and attracting new talent

Our Degree Apprenticeships provide the opportunity for employers to develop their own employees or recruit new talent, in partnership with one of the UK’s most popular universities. Our dedicated Degree Apprenticeships team supports employers and their apprentices at every step of their journey.

We hold a 90% Employer Satisfaction rating (ESFA, 2019) and work with over 400 of the UK’s leading employers, including AstraZeneca, Barclays, Bentley Motors, Lloyds Banking Group, IBM, BAE Systems, Fujitsu, McDonald’s, and many local authorities and NHS Trusts.
AN EXCELLENT PACKAGE OF:
+ dedicated account management + recruitment support + up-to-date funding and finance advice + regular progress reporting + in-depth knowledge, skills and behaviours
development
Working with us allows employers to create a ‘grow your own’ approach to developing and retaining high performing staff who will drive their business forward.

OUR APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMMES:
• Advanced Clinical Practitioner (Masters) • Chartered Manager • Chartered Manager Fast-Track • Chartered Manager in Health and Social Care • Chartered Manager in Retail • Digital and Technology Solutions Professional • Digital and Technology Solutions Specialist
(Masters) • Digital Marketer • Digital User Experience (UX) Professional • Healthcare Science Practitioner • Laboratory Scientist • Retail Leadership • Senior Leader MBA (Masters) • Social Worker

For the latest information about Degree Apprenticeships and the courses on offer, visit mmu.ac.uk/study/apprenticeships/courses

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OUR NEW PROGRAMMES
Evolving to meet industry needs
DIGITAL USER EXPERIENCE (UX) PROFESSIONAL
Degree Apprenticeships offer the opportunity to cross traditional subject boundaries and the new UX Degree Apprenticeship is a key example. Drawing on technical skills, customer focussed design and business psychology, this innovative programme will develop a new area of the workforce who are able to understand and improve the multi-faceted ways in which customers and service users interact with businesses and public sector organisations.
DIGITAL AND TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS MASTERS
Being a leader in business today increasingly requires organisations to be at the forefront of digital innovation. Supporting the digital transformation of businesses of all sizes, this MSc Degree Apprenticeship offers pathways in IT Strategy, IT Project Management, Software Engineering, and Data Analysis.
DIGITAL MARKETER
With a widening talent gap across the north-west, this Degree Apprenticeship is already providing a new pipeline for SMEs and large public and private sector organisations alike to attract and develop the people they need to drive business growth.

“Manchester Met offered the perfect opportunity - to study alongside working, on an Apprenticeship programme. This has enabled me to continue learning, apply my knowledge to various projects and work towards achieving a BA (Hons) degree.
Already my confidence has grown both in myself and in my work.
Lydia Ward Digital Marketer Degree Apprentice Barrett Dixon Bell (BDB)
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CELEBRATING OUR SUCCESSES
This was another fantastic year for Degree Apprenticeships at Manchester Met.
Our apprentices, employers and our team won a number of awards, our end-point assessment (EPA) and degree results were outstanding once again, and our ‘exit survey’ responses were extremely complimentary.
Read all about this year’s successes in the following section and visit mmu.ac.uk/study/apprenticeships/news



Chartered

Manager

Degree

Apprentices

celebrate

ng their course completi
“This was another fantastic year for Degree Apprenticeships at Manchester Met.

Liz Gorb Director of Apprenticeships Manchester Metropolitan University

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APPRENTICE STORIES FROM THE COVID-19 FRONT LINE
A window into the lives of our apprentices
during the coronavirus pandemic

Degree apprentices from across all of our programmes have been contributing to the fight against coronavirus. Here are some of their stories:

Carly Goggin
Chartered Manager (Retail) degree apprentice and General Store Manager at ASDA
“I have continued to lead my team as General Store Manager of ASDA Golborne. We have had to adapt daily to new guidelines, new ways of working and educating my team and customers about social distancing.
“To keep up morale I organised in-store TikTok competitions, dressing up, quiz weekends, and tea parties. This has gone down well and we will continue this with my team.
“To support my own mental health, as the gym was closed, I got up early every morning and did a HIIT workout. This helped me be focused and ready for the day.
“It’s been a strange but busy time – I have realised how easily I adapt to change and how resilient I am. I have made sure my team realise how they are heroes too as they have never dealt with anything like this before.”

Elaine Bradbury
MBA degree apprentice and Workforce Development Lead at the East Cheshire NHS Trust
“I usually lead a small team working with health cadets, interns, work experience and pre-reg students, but placements were withdrawn for safety reasons. I was able to use the transferable skills of the team to deal with the enquiries in the first instance from members of the public who wanted to help their local trust where possible.
“Our support enabled the recruitment team to continue with their roles as we prioritised applicants to join the nurse bank and undertook interviews remotely.
“Communication was key throughout the process, ensuring potential applicants were kept informed of the process or signposted to other opportunities. It was also vital that I kept the recruitment team and nurse bank manager updated with progress, ensuring that staff were recruited in a safe and timely manner.”

Read and watch more of our apprentice stories at bit.ly/apprenticestoriescovid

“I work for Pizza Hut Restaurants as a General Manager at the Fountain Street branch in Manchester. My restaurant is one of 47 that has stayed open since the start of lockdown. “It was important that we could support our local community, including those in isolation, or the vulnerable, to get access to food. We were supported in this endeavour by our delivery partners Deliveroo, Uber Eats and Just Eat. “On top of this, my team and I have prepared and donated approximately 900 meals a week to NHS Heroes, St Johns Ambulance, care workers, and charities. “Since lockdown we have also added click and collect and takeaway options so those who are struggling to get into the supermarket can get food but also so key workers who have worked 12+ hour days can treat themselves to a pizza and a slice of normality. Aaron Oreschnick Chartered Manager degree apprentice and Restaurant General Manager at Pizza Hut
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OUTSTANDING RESULTS
95% of Manchester Met’s degree apprentices graduated with a distinction or merit in 2020

Representing 54 employers from a range of sectors, degree apprentices at Manchester Met studying the Chartered Manager, MBA and Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeships celebrated excellent results in their end-point assessments (EPA).

Over 200 Manchester Met degree apprentices took their EPA this year, with 93% receiving a permanent contract and 78% having been awarded a pay rise during the Apprenticeship.
To pass the assessment apprentices are evaluated as professional candidates and asked to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and behaviours to confirm occupational competence. While the coronavirus lockdown measures were in place, Manchester Met’s degree apprentices were still able to take their EPAs online, with support from the University’s dedicated Apprenticeships Team.
Neil Crimes, Apprenticeships Programme Manager at Manchester Met, said: “Many of our apprentices are key workers who have completed their Apprenticeship on time, despite facing huge challenges during these unprecedented times. It is a testament to the dedication and commitment of our apprentices that they were able to achieve such high standards in their final tests.”
Liz Gorb, Director of Apprenticeships at Manchester Met, said: “We are still in contact with our first Degree Apprenticeship graduates of 2019. They continue to grow and progress with amazing success in their careers.
“Most are still with their original employer, and many have achieved promotions, often substantial pay rises, further qualifications and new employment opportunities.
“In spite of the current very challenging economic environment, our degree apprentices are proving to be highly valued by their employers and making a significant contribution, especially in skills shortage areas.”

“Without the Apprenticeship I wouldn’t be where I am now in my career. It has given me a gateway into the company I work for that will offer more security and stability for the future and given me transferable skills across the sector as a whole.”
Phillip Watson Digital and Technology Solutions graduate, Lloyds Banking Group

Chartered Manager Health and Social Care degree apprentices (now graduated)



“Our degree apprentices bring new ideas; and through their business projects and analysis of results they have driven changes in all areas of the business, from food cost to staff retention. Heather Stroud People Manager McDonald’s
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TOP UNIVERSITY FOR APPRENTICESHIPS IN THE UK
Manchester Met has been recognised as the UK’s best university for Apprenticeship provision at the 2020 RateMyApprenticeship Awards

The University was named third in a list of the top 100 training providers, which places it as the highest university in this year’s list.

The ranking also marks an improvement of four places from the 2019 awards, which celebrates training providers who have gone above and beyond in their delivery of Apprenticeship qualifications.
The list of the UK’s ‘Top Training Providers’ is based solely on the reviews of apprentices through the RateMyApprenticeship website.
Now in their sixth year, the RateMyApprenticeship Awards bring together apprentices, schools,

employers and training providers to celebrate their incredible achievements in the Apprenticeship market.
Manchester Met was also short-listed for the ‘Best Training Provider and Employer Partnership’ with McDonald’s.

“The Degree Apprenticeship has been a productive and positive experience and I am sure it will aid career progression.
Daniel Clarke Chartered Manager Degree Apprentice Senior Officer, Stockport Council
The Apprenticeship has changed my life. Thanks for the opportunity and support provided throughout.
Wendy Wolstenholme Chartered Manager Degree Apprentice Demand Manager, Manchester Met

All really enjoyable. I have been really grateful for all I have learned and the university experience I have had.
Jamie Edge Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprentice Lead Mobile-Cloud Developer, Barclays
I am really pleased with the outcome of my Degree Apprenticeship. I feel more confident now to enter into new areas of health and social care business management.
Rachel Koutsavakis Chartered Manager Health and Social Care Degree Apprentice Business Development Lead, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

My experience of Manchester Met has been fantastic.
Holly Humphry Chartered Manager Degree Apprentice Restaurant General Manager, Pizza Hut

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