Oxford Brookes University launches new Degree Apprenticeship in Digital and Technology Solutions

Thursday, 12 March 2020

Degree Digital Apprenticeship

Oxford Brookes University has launched an exciting new Digital and Technology Solutions Specialist Degree Apprenticeship in response to a growing demand, and as part of its expanding portfolio of higher and degree apprenticeships.

An appropriately trained and equipped workforce with the skills to develop and provide software solutions is paramount for businesses in the IT industry. The Oxfordshire Local Industrial Strategy (OxLEP, 2019) highlighted that by 2025 they anticipate the demand for STEM workers to be at 22,000 for Oxfordshire alone. 

This apprenticeship provides a fantastic opportunity for local IT businesses to upskill their workforce, while providing apprentices a platform to develop key software competencies.

Gordana Collier, Head of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

This innovative programme allows employers to upskill their workforce into highly-skilled software developers and technology innovators; and enable the next generation of scientists, engineers and other professionals to increase their confidence and diversify their software capabilities in the growing IT sector. Upon completion, successful apprentices will graduate with a master's degree (MSc) in Digital and Technology Solutions.

The apprenticeship is particularly suitable for professionals that hold a technical degree in a non-computing subject that regularly work with computer software applications or in the IT sector. 

As emphasised by Gordana Collier, Head of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics at Oxford Brookes University: “This apprenticeship provides a fantastic opportunity for local IT businesses to upskill their workforce, while providing apprentices a platform to develop key software competencies. This will strengthen the skills of individuals in the STEM job community across Oxfordshire, and will help to attract new technology companies and start-ups to the local area.”

Sally Andreou, Skills Hub Manager at Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP) recently gave her thoughts on the new apprenticeship: “We are delighted to see this new addition to the Oxford Brookes University portfolio. Ensuring our business community and education providers work closely together is a key priority for OxLEP, not only supporting businesses to be as future-proof as possible, but to also help our young people to be inspired by some of the many opportunities that exist – across a number of sectors – here in Oxfordshire. Such qualifications genuinely support young people to build a clear pathway to make the most of these outstanding opportunities.”  

To find out more about the Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship and other apprenticeships offered by Oxford Brookes University, please visit the apprenticeships website.