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Digital and Technology Degree Apprenticeships – Build Talent that is Unique to your Organisation

Guest blog written by Suparna Ghose, Principal Consultant – Strategy and Partnerships Degrees at Work, Anglia Ruskin University

Principal Consultant – Strategy and Partnerships Degrees at Work Anglia Ruskin University

Suparna Ghose, ARU

For over a year now, I’ve been part of the team at Anglia Ruskin University, leading consultations with Cambridge-based employers on a Digital and Technology Degree Apprenticeship.

It’s been a revelatory journey and has shed an interesting spotlight on the precarious imbalance of demand and supply of digital talent in the region.

Cambridge is widely regarded a world leading high tech hub and there is sustained demand for bright, ambitious, talented graduates to fill jobs in software development. Roughly half of the 850 roles advertised on the Cambridge Network Recruitment Gateway are for software engineering. A lofty number, given the size and population of the city, or even the wider region.

We know that talent is at a premium, that there are not nearly enough graduates or experienced hires to fill gaps. Furthermore, there is a risk of losing talented staff to premium paid London jobs. Acquisition teams in these companies often find that they have to resort to hiring internationally, or offer premium salaries to match. This is a heavy cost to bear, especially for smaller start-up ventures.
The new Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship represents an eminently viable alternative to acquire and retain this talent.

Degree Apprenticeships are new government -funded qualifications which combine academic knowledge and workplace experience, thereby building the high level technical skills needed for the jobs of the future.

The Digital and Tech Solution DA incorporates industry benchmarks for knowledge, skills and behaviours of a software professional’s role. Apprentices achieve a full Bachelor’s (Hons) Degree as a core component of the apprenticeship.

Anglia Ruskin’s BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship offers specialist routes in software engineering, cyber security and networks. By taking on apprentices and sending them on the course, companies gain a highly skilled, motivated graduate with a nationally recognised academic qualification and up to the minute skills plus strong knowledge of the employer’s business and culture.

Bob Driver, CEO of CW has commented:

Digital is a hugely exciting sector to work in, it’s embedded in everything we do; at home and in the workplace. And the technology industry is booming with innovative start-ups disrupting vertical markets. Nurturing talent is vital – and individuals with apprenticeship degrees develop practical, direct experience at the workplace alongside more formal training – so being equipped with an ARU apprenticeship degree is an attractive proposition.

About Suparna
Suparna Ghose is a Principal Consultant working within the Degrees at Work team at Anglia Ruskin University. Degrees at Work collaborate with a wide range of organisations to develop work-based learning programmes for their employees. The specialist team offers expert advice on all aspects of the setting up and implementation of degree apprenticeship programmes. degreesatwork@anglia.ac.uk

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