Swansea University is celebrating the success of the first degree apprenticeship graduates in Wales.
The 14 students have completed a three-year programme in Applied Software Engineering with the University’s Computer Science department.
The Degree Apprenticeship Programme combines traditional academic learning in a university environment with work-based projects allowing the students to apply their newly-acquired academic knowledge within their specific job roles in their companies.
This innovative programme allows the students to learn while remaining in full-time employment. Courses are fully funded for the student, with support from the Institute of Coding (IoC) in Wales and the Welsh Government through the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW).
The IoC in Wales is a major partnership led by Swansea University which is a part of the National Institute of Coding. It was established to address the recognised digital skills gap in the workforce and create the next generation of digital specialists. Originally envisaged as a way to help rectify a ‘skills shortage’ in Computer Science within the region, the Degree Apprenticeship Programme is proving incredibly popular and Swansea University will have over 75 Applied Software Engineering degree apprentices enrolled for the next academic year.
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