Ten candidates start earn as you learn digital apprenticeships with Northumbrian Water

ten higher degree apprentices with Information Service Director Nigel Watson

18.10.2016

Ten budding information technology stars of the future have joined Northumbrian Water Group on ‘earn as you learn’ higher degree apprenticeships.

The ten learners will split their time between working and learning on the job with Northumbrian Water and academic studies, working towards a BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions degree, delivered in partnership with the University of Sunderland.

Higher degree apprenticeships are paid for jointly between government and the employer, ensuring the learner gets paid to undertake academic studies, as well as the vocational learning, throughout the course.

The apprentices, who hail from Whitley Bay to Redcar, will work on industry-leading technology to create and modify screens and reports for more than 600 users within Northumbrian Water and mobile applications for employees and customers.

Digital Apprentice Kyle Taylor said: “I am very honest in my opinion that the Degree Apprentice role at Northumbrian Water is an incredible opportunity, both qualification-wise but also primarily for vital industry experience, of which, Northumbrian Water are at the forefront in leading IS technologies and solutions within the water services industry. This position offers a variety of opportunities within different information systems and business specialisations within the company; and I would honestly not pass up the opportunity.”

Northumbrian Water programme director Nigel Watson said: “These ten young people will get the best of both worlds on the higher degree apprenticeships, learning and earning at the same time.

“This is a great opportunity for them to gain invaluable on-the-job experience, getting a solid foot in the world of work and boosting their CV right from the start.”

Professor Alastair Irons, of the University of Sunderland, said: “Sunderland University is delighted to be entering into this partnership with Northumbrian Water for the Degree Apprenticeship scheme. We have been running the scheme with other partners for a year now and the feedback from students has been excellent. The opportunity with NWL will give the students an excellent chance to build on this formal learning in a leading-edge environment. The students will definitely be learning skills for the jobs of tomorrow”.

For further media information, contact Paul White on 0191 3015325.

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