University collaborations with employers and public services help ‘build the future’

Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week 2022 (NAW2022), supporting public services and employers continues to be a priority for the University of Cumbria.

Contributing to “building the future” – the theme of NAW 2022 – the university, with its range of varied and flexible learning programs, contributes to the national effort to develop and have more qualified frontline professionals, including police, nurses and paramedics.

The University of Cumbria is celebrating the achievements of its first cohort of students who have successfully completed one of the nation’s first registered nurse apprenticeship programs. The nursing apprentices started in February 2018 and have continued to work throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

At its Lancaster campus, the university’s Institute of Health hosted a celebration and career event for the group, where students were able to better understand the advanced roles available in the health and social care sectors.

Meanwhile, the 1,000and The trainee police officer began his degree apprenticeship provided by the Police Education Consortium (PEC), of which the University of Cumbria is one of four delivery partners.

Since 2019, and in line with reforms to National Police recruitment criteria, the PEC – made up of the Universities of Cumbria, Canterbury Christ Church, Middlesex and Portsmouth – has been offering police constable apprenticeships and entry programs to degree holders to new police recruits. join the Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire Constabularies.

Supported by a team of experienced ex-officers turned academics, more than 200 of the apprentices recruited so far are students from the University of Cumbria, with another 100 expected to start this year.

And 2022 should generate additional growth for the higher and university levels learnings at the University of Cumbria as it continues to work with national and regional employer partners including Ambulance Trusts, Independent Imaging Providers such as Alliance Medical, Police Force, NHS, DEFRA , the Forestry Commission and others to meet the demand for higher level skills .

The University of Cumbria is currently training around 1,200 apprentices and supporting 200 employers to develop their workforce.

Through at the end of this academic year, the university:

  • will deliver its acclaimed paramedic apprenticeship to around 600 new recruits at seven of England’s ambulance trusts – including more than 260 in London,
  • seeing the Police Education Consortium welcome its 2,000 trainee police officers to one of its university-level programs, supporting three forces in the south-east of England.

The University of Cumbria and its industry partners offer other university-level professional training programmes:

  • BSc (Hons) Apprenticeship in Diagnostic Radiography (AP Progression),
  • Assistant Health Practitioner,
  • Associate Nurse (Apprenticeship),
  • Advanced Clinician Learning,
  • Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) District Nursing Apprenticeship,
  • Principal chef (diploma),
  • BSc (Hons) Project Manager Degree Apprenticeship, and
  • Apprenticeship of the Chartered Manager Diploma.

A new midwifery apprenticeship, approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council subject to meeting standard conditions, will also start recruitment for September 2022.

Michelle Garner, Head of Student Recruitment and Portfolio Development at the University of Cumbria health institute, said, “We are extremely proud to have been able to support our pioneering students through the first graduate nursing apprenticeship program. We wanted to hold a special event to recognize their accomplishments, especially given the unprecedented and uncertain times these students have faced as they embark on their nursing education during the pandemic. Despite the Covid crisis, this has been an example of our strong partnerships with employers to support the development of the nursing and health workforce.

Paul Armstrong, Head of Apprenticeships at the University of Cumbria, said: “The progression to higher and university level learning in Cumbria at the age of 18 is three times higher than nationally, with an increase continues to embrace these higher learnings as well. The University of Cumbria prides itself on the collaborative role it plays with partners to upskill workforce teams in existing and emerging industries to meet higher level skills and industry needs.

“It is also our university’s mission to support the students of the future, helping them to become skilled, resilient and ready to lead the long-term recovery facing society and to help our communities be more prosperous and to prosper.”

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