Video | Monday, 4th March 2019

#NAW2019: Blazing a trail with tailored Degree Apprenticeships

More than 1,000 apprentices and 200 employers mark National Apprenticeship Week with Manchester Metropolitan

Manchester Metropolitan is celebrating National Apprenticeship Week by bringing the University’s apprenticeship community together to celebrate the programmes’ impact on individuals, employers and the economy.

Employers such as McDonald’s are benefitting from Manchester Metropolitan’s tailored approach to Degree Apprenticeships, which are meeting future business needs and giving employees the skills they need to develop.

The McDonald's Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship is enabling personal ambitions to be realised and driving business performance at the world-famous restaurant chain.

Louise Hughes is one of over 50 McDonald’s Degree Apprentices currently studying at Manchester Metropolitan.

She said: “When I learnt that I could have the degree that I wanted with a full-time salary and the support with blended learning, it was just phenomenal.

“I’m learning about managing people, leading a business, critical thinking and how to better myself and others. The Degree Apprenticeship has aided me with the new skills to keep moving forward.”

In November 2018, Manchester Metropolitan welcomed its 1,000th Degree Apprentice, three years after launching one of the UK’s first Degree Apprenticeship programmes.

Since the University began delivering Degree Apprenticeships in 2015 with 60 pioneering apprentices from nine employers, numbers have increased rapidly as organisations have recognised the value of a blended education that combines degree education and work-based learning.

Describing Manchester Metropolitan’s commitment to Degree Apprenticeships, Professor Malcolm Press, Vice-Chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan, said: “Our University has always played a leading role in ensuring that students are ready to take on the challenges of the modern workplace.

“Degree Apprenticeships are a natural progression of this approach and, in partnership with employers, we have created practice-focused programmes that are meeting the needs of industry and individuals.”

Find out more about Degree Apprenticeships at Manchester Metropolitan at

National Apprenticeship Week runs from March 4 to 8, 2019.

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