As businesses recover from a disruptive period of uncertainty and change, Kathy Clawson, Head of Computer Science Faculty of Technology provides advice on how work-based learning at the University of Sunderland can support businesses to get back on course and look to the future.
‘The last 12 months have transformed the ways in which companies do business, accelerated digital workplace adoption, and highlighted the strategic importance of technology. The development of digital and technological competencies is more important than ever.
As we move to a stage of recovery, it is key to evaluate how technology has enhanced your business, and how we can learn from digital and technology success. Keeping a clear perspective and focus on facilitating digital transformation can allow businesses to emerge as experts of change and ensure a strong market position in a competitive landscape.’
The University of Sunderland recognise that technology continues to redefine how we work, live and interact. Learning plays a crucial part in the transformation of change. Kathy highlights the importance of ‘ensuring that educational programmes are developed with a strong industry focus’.
The University has a successful track record of industry engagement and consultation with external stakeholders which was a key factor in the development of level 6 BSc Digital and Technology Solutions Professional and level 7 MSc Digital and Technology Solutions Specialist degree apprenticeships.
To keep up with digital and technological acceleration, the Faculty of Technology equips apprentices with skills and knowledge to find solutions to industry challenges. Our apprenticeships offer stimulating, practical and career-focused digital and technology options, delivered through the comprehensive use of problem-based and work-based learning.
The School and Faculty, which has undergone a period of recent investment, prides itself on being responsive, adaptive, innovative and accessible to all, with supportive staff who our students tell us truly make a difference to their experience at this life changing university. (Image)
BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions Professional Degree Apprenticeship
The Digital and Technology Solutions Professional degree apprenticeship provides a route for employers to develop new or existing staff skills and knowledge in computing and IT, at the same time as contributing to the workload and operation of the business.
Apprentices study the core principles and applications associated with digital and technology solutions and have the opportunity to specialise in Software Engineering or the increasingly important area of Cyber Security.
MSc Digital and Technology Solutions Specialist Degree Apprenticeship.
The Digital and Technology Solutions Specialist Masters apprenticeship is a contemporary offering that provides a thorough grounding in the creation of technical solutions for business and industry, developing the skills to determine, establish, implement, maintain, manage and lead digital and technology solutions.
The programme develops research, technical and interpersonal skills to explain, apply and evaluate the concepts associated with digital and technology solutions engaging with and managing a broad range of stakeholders.
This apprenticeship will transform your digital solutions focused leader and deepen your team’s knowledge of software engineering.
Businesses can benefit from funding to support apprenticeships. For levy-paying employers it’s an opportunity to attract talent to your business, train your staff and enjoy the ultimate return on investment from your levy payments. For smaller businesses, the Government will fund up to 95% of apprenticeship tuition fees. Employers can also claim an incentive payment of £3,000 for employing a new apprentice of any age before 30 September 2021.
The next BScs (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions Professional apprenticeship cohort starts September 2021 and the MSc Digital and Technology Solutions Specialist (Software Engineering) starts January 2022.
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