LEEDS Trinity University is celebrating the first anniversary of its Centre for Apprenticeships, Work-based Learning and Skills.

The centre is home to the university's higher and degree apprenticeship programmes and work-based learning provision.

Centre director Claire Newhouse said: "Since launching the Centre in February 2020, the university has signed up 500 learners with over 100 employers. Our dedicated team of specialists provide teaching, support and advice for both apprentices and employers alike through our professionally relevant programmes created in response to employer demand, whilst also addressing the skills gaps that will help to rebuild the economy.

“As the centre continues to evolve, we look forward to expanding our provision and equipping businesses with a skilled workforce – vital to performance and economic growth.”

Leeds Trinity introduced degree apprenticeships in 2017 with a cohort of 15 apprentices on the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship programme. It has since introduced nine additional programmes, offering apprenticeships in Business to Business (B2B) Sales, Chartered Management, Digital Marketing, Software Engineering, Senior Leadership, Supply Chain Leadership, Children, Young People and Families and Police Constable.

A partnership with West Yorkshire Police has seen 300 new police officers studying for a Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship and the Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing since last July. Further programmes are planned to be launched over the coming year.

Dan Lancaster-Holmes, Relationship Manager at the centre, added: “Benefits for apprentices going through apprenticeships and work-based learning at Leeds Trinity University include being paid during an apprenticeship and having no tuition fees to pay. All costs are covered by the apprentice’s employer and the government, so those taking part get a debt-free university experience.

“Alongside these benefits, apprentices study part-time here at Leeds Trinity, building on their experience in the workplace.”

Leeds Trinity works with a large number of businesses through the programme to address higher-level skills gaps.

Kelcie Winch, 21, is an apprentice on the supply chain leadership degree apprenticeship. Having started working at global healthcare company Henry Schein whilst studying graphic design at college five years ago, she is now an operations assistant.

She said: “I chose this apprenticeship because my future goals are to become a manager. Working with people and guiding people is so rewarding, which is why I want to go higher up within my company."