Earn while you Learn
Apprenticeship programmes enable people of all ages to earn a wage while studying for a higher level qualification. Higher and Degree Apprenticeships are available at a range of levels, from Level 4 to Bachelor’s and Master’s degree levels.
With Coventry University, learners can gain professional as well as academic qualifications.
There are plenty of benefits to becoming an apprentice:
- You can earn a living while learning – and gain work experience at the same time.
- Apply the knowledge you gain to your job immediately, consolidating your learning.
- Get professional accreditation and membership of bodies such as the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) and Association for Project Management (APM)
My mum did an apprenticeship herself, and she encouraged it when I first started looking. It’s something I’m glad I’m doing now, because I’m getting on-the-job training, and not just a university course and a degree like that …I’m learning on the job. Because you’re working full time, your learning is to do with your job; the assignments you write are about your own job and the research and everything you do with the managers – you can get a better network with them as well. In four years I’ll have done my degree and got the experience, so I’ll be ready to step into – hopefully - that management or supervisor role at the end of it.
Rebecca, Vaultex Degree Apprentice
Throughout the process my knowledge and understanding of the wider business has grown significantly, enabling me to add more value to my current role. More specifically during my final business project, and studies into customer quality, I led the creation and distribution of a customer satisfaction survey. This new tool has captured tangible feedback from a vast number of our key customer accounts, and will be used to tactically improve the service that we offer them – potentially leading to increased retention rates and market share
Andrew, GE Aviation Degree Apprentice
I think [my apprenticeship] made me mature quicker, especially being the youngest out of the apprentices as well...we’ve got quite a varying age. I joined Vaultex at 18, I’m 20 now. I’ve had to mature faster, and had loads more experiences than I would have had.Definitely the plan is to stay within Vaultex, keep progressing through- I’m happy with the team I’m in – and just go into more of a management role. I’d like to manage more people and work my way up.Everything’s going really well. I’m happy!
Luke, Vaultex Degree Apprentice
Getting back into formal education after many years, along with starting to think and write academically, was challenging. However, due to the course design, delivery methods and the comprehensive tutor support and feedback received, provided much needed encouragement, motivation and guidance from the start. Subsequently, the transition and improvements were swift, as were the results that followed and hence, became self-perpetuating.
Tony, Chubb Systems Ltd
The support we received was outstanding. We got quick responses from our tutor with detailed suggestions and improvements, and she really made us apply ourselves. It was amazing to see how much we all improved academically.The apprentices on the degree are more motivated in day jobs because of the great opportunity, and because we are treated well, we are willing to work harder and give more back to the company in return for the great training.
Roisin, GE Aviation Degree Apprentice
The fact of working as well – it all ties in nicely. Rather than doing two different things, like university and working at Tesco’s, it’s all done in together and you’re constantly learning more. I have a mentor, Neil, who day-to-day I report to – but everyone in the team has been mini-mentors as well, which is good.
Scott, Vaultex Degree Apprentice