Oxford Brookes University to support next generation of strategic leaders with new degree apprenticeship

Thursday, 28 February 2019

Degree apprenticeships at Oxford Brookes

The latest degree apprenticeship offered by Oxford Brookes University launches next month and coincides with National Apprenticeship Week (4-8 March 2019).

The Senior Leadership Master’s Degree Apprenticeship has been developed by Oxford Brookes Business School and the qualification includes the University’s highly regarded Global MBA.

Through our new degree apprenticeship we are providing a flexible, blended and interactive approach to learning which complements the skills and expertise gained in the workplace.

Chris Blackburn, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Oxford Brookes Business School

Apprenticeship degrees are proving increasingly popular with students and businesses. Apprentices do not pay tuition fees through the scheme and are able to gain a qualification, learn professional skills and earn a wage.

For employers, degree apprenticeships are attractive as they can address skills gaps in an organisation whilst providing a training framework for developing new or existing members of staff.

The new Senior Leadership Master’s Degree Apprenticeship at Oxford Brookes is specifically designed for current and aspiring leaders who need to fit studying into an already busy working life. The qualification, delivered by an experienced team of tutors, will broaden knowledge and prepare students in meeting the challenges of an increasingly dynamic international business environment.

The first cohort of apprentices, including participants from organisations such as Oxford University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and DAF Trucks, will start the course in March 2019 with most completing their degree within three years.

These apprenticeships are based on one day a week ‘off the job’ training at Oxford Brookes, with teaching delivered both online and on campus alongside two residential workshops.

Those taking part in the course will also have the opportunity to take part in an Individual Consultancy Project. This provides the chance to fully experience consultancy working, from project negotiation to delivery of solutions on a client’s strategic issues. The outcome from the module will be a consultancy report and presentation to the client.

Chris Blackburn, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Oxford Brookes Business School, said: “We are delighted to be offering the Senior Leadership Master’s Degree Apprenticeship and opening up a new route into studying for an Oxford Brookes qualification. Our Global MBA is consistently recognised with international accolades but it is important that we continue to develop and meet the need of students and business.

“Through our new degree apprenticeship we are providing a flexible, blended and interactive approach to learning which complements the skills and expertise gained in the workplace. I look forward to welcoming the course’s first students who I have no doubt will become the strategic leaders of the future.” 

Helen Hall, UK Recruitment & Partnerships Director at Oxford Brookes University, added: “The degree apprenticeships we offer in collaboration with employers are popular alternative routes into higher education. Students and companies alike value the chance to combine skills and incorporate studies into areas relevant to their work.

“The introduction of our latest degree apprenticeship complements our existing courses which include our pioneering work with leading architects and in producing the vital NHS staff we all rely upon. We are looking to expand our provision in the future to offer even more opportunities to both students and employers.”

Oxford Brookes has helped to provide degree apprenticeships for a number of years through its longstanding relationships with Associate College Partners. In the current academic year Oxford Brookes has stepped up its approach through the direct provision of degree apprenticeships in collaboration with a range of employers.  

In October 2018, Oxford Brookes became just one of five universities in the UK to offer an architecture degree apprenticeship at Level 7 - the equivalent of a master’s degree. This has been developed as part of a new initiative for architecture education offering an alternative, socially inclusive route into the profession in partnership with leading architecture firms.

This academic year has also seen over 100 students starting the University’s new Nursing Associate Higher Apprenticeship. The new qualification route broadens the routes into working in healthcare, supports the workforce of the health service and helps both new and existing NHS employees take the next step in their career by developing their skills, knowledge and experience.

The new course launches as the UK celebrates the annual National Apprenticeship Week which recognises the positive impact these initiatives have on individuals, employers and the economy. As part of the national campaign, Oxford Brookes will be raising awareness of its degree apprenticeships at various regional events. 

Further information on the Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship and how to apply can be found on the Oxford Brookes website. You can also find out more about degree apprenticeships on the University’s dedicated webpages.