New course on offer to assist Sunderland students

Professor Alastair Irons (front) with (from left) senior lecturer Caron Brown and apprentices Emily Allan, Lucy Sarginson, James Brown, Kyle Heron, Ryan Garrett and Scott Heslop.
Professor Alastair Irons (front) with (from left) senior lecturer Caron Brown and apprentices Emily Allan, Lucy Sarginson, James Brown, Kyle Heron, Ryan Garrett and Scott Heslop.
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Sunderland University is working with industry on a new Degree Apprenticeship to deliver graduates with higher-level skills and tackle the region’s high-tech skills gap.

The university is one of a select group of UK higher-level teaching institutions working on the new Higher Degree Apprenticeship programme, which is endorsed by the Tech Partnership, and allows students to attend university while also being employed full-time.

Professor Alastair Irons, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Sunderland, said: “Our first Degree Apprenticeship is now up and running with Accenture and builds on our long-term relationship with the team there.

“We developed this new opportunity as a result of our work with businesses, to support skills growth – we continually align our courses to the current and future needs of employers.”