HRH The Duke of York launches University of Sunderland’s programme of Higher and Degree Apprenticeships

HRH Duke of York at the University of Sunderland Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

HRH Duke of York has attended the University of Sunderland to launch the new Higher and Degree Apprenticeships programme.

The university is one of only 18 universities in the UK chosen to receive Government funding to support its drive to increase apprenticeships across the country. This is based on the fact it developed one of the first degree apprenticeships, BSc Digital and Technology Solutions.

Local businesses were also at the launch to discover the benefits of this new model and see how they can work with the University of Sunderland to recruit the workforce of the future.

The university says Higher and Degree Apprenticeships allow businesses to transform their performance by enhancing the skills of existing employees as well as attracting fresh talent, using the apprenticeship levy and government funding.

The Government aims to create three million apprentices by 2020. To fund this, a new apprenticeship levy will come into force in April 2017, which taxes companies with salary costs over £3 million per year.

The funds from the tax can be used by employers to train and develop their own staff - with funding support from Government.

Prince Andrew at the launch of the apprenticeship scheme Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Mike Clasper, President of the Chartered Management Institute said that too many people are being asked to lead without training or support, with one-third of managers rated ineffective by their teams.