Apprenticeships have undergone a significant change in recent years; what they are, what they can be and what they can offer has expanded. The University of Hertfordshire is at the forefront of apprenticeship development nationally, working with government and businesses to understand what the current skills gaps are and what the labour trends will be over the next decade, to co-create apprenticeship programmes with employers to grow and develop their workforce. 

The University is working in partnership with over 130 employers of different sizes to deliver apprenticeship programmes, including the UK’s biggest holiday provider TUI. The University partnered with TUI to co-create and develop a bespoke programme that reflects the modern needs of a global travel business. 

Reflecting on their partnership with the University, TUI UK & Ireland’s managing director Andrew Flintham said: “We saw a great opportunity to work with a like-minded and flexible university, to co-create a bespoke degree apprenticeship programme that teaches employees the right calibre of skills and expertise in the areas most important to us.”

The popularity of apprenticeships continues to increase, as they are a highly affordable way for businesses to invest in their people, attract new talent, boost innovation and productivity. The introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy gave employers a sustainable, long-term way to fund apprenticeships. 

The University’s head of skills and apprenticeships, Gilmar Queiros, said: “Our apprenticeship programmes can help you and your business deliver a high-quality learning experience for both new and existing employees. Whether you are a Levy paying business or not, do get in touch to speak to us about opportunities for developing skills and expertise in your team.”

Over 700 learners have been recruited into higher and degree apprenticeships at Herts, across 16 programmes mapped against 10 apprenticeship standards. The University currently provides apprenticeships from levels five to seven, in specialties such as leadership and management, health, engineering, construction and digital. 

For more information about apprenticeships at Herts, visit: https://www.herts.ac.uk/enterprise-zone/strengthen-your-team/apprenticeships/

TUI DA apprenticeships, HBS Dean Damian Ward with TUI's Caroline Kitcher and Andrew Flitham

(Photo taken pre-lockdown)