Rotational Degree Apprenticeship Launched

Rotational degree apprenticeship launched by Pearson and corporate partners.

Pearson Business School is partnering with a number of leading companies including IBM and Kantar Added Value to launch a rotational degree apprenticeship in Business Management, whereby student-apprentices rotate through different companies, to gain three years of professional work experience while studying for an Honours Degree at the same time. The course starts in September 2017 and applications are now open. Pearson Business School is part of Pearson College London – the UK’s first higher education institution founded by a FTSE 100 company.

“We have launched this degree because more and more employers are telling us that their graduates are lacking in the skills needed to succeed in the world of work. 89% of employers surveyed said that they value graduate hires with the right attitudes and aptitude for work, this innovative course hopes to address the balance between traditional academia and the needs of 21st century employers” said Roxanne Stockwell, Principal.

Student-apprentices will be paid at least £15,000 per annum, with time off for study and will graduate debt-free, as their tuition fees will be paid for in full by their home company.

Participants graduate with an honours degree, a network of professional contacts, prestigious Chartered Manager Status and most importantly three years of professional work experience in world leading companies.

Jenny Taylor, IBM UK Foundation Manager, said:

“Apprenticeship schemes have a vital role to play in closing Britain’s digital skills gap and growing the economy, and IBM is delighted to be adding this new cross industry Degree Apprenticeship to our award winning portfolio of graduate and apprenticeship programmes.”

Competition is likely to be fierce, but unsuccessful applicants may be eligible for a place on Pearson Business School’s Business Management degree with a guaranteed internship and a reduction in fees. Applicants must be eligible to study in the UK; aged 17 and over at start of the programme; hold a level 2 English and Maths qualification at GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent) and have a passion for Business.

Andy Moss, Senior Vice President, Pearson, said:

"Pearson is delighted to be partnering with some of the world's leading businesses to deliver our new Rotational Degree Apprenticeships. These courses give students an unrivaled business education, backed by first class work experience with three different blue-chip companies - what better way for learners to gain the skills and knowledge needed to progress in their lives. That's what Pearson Business School is all about, ensuring students can move seamlessly from education to employment with some of the world's most innovative organisations."

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A university education, powered by industry experience.

We're transforming higher education. As a FTSE 100 company, immersed in industry, we do things differently. Industry engagement is at the core of everything that we do, and it’s what sets us apart.

We offer all full-time degree students guaranteed internships*, so they gain experience during their studies. Our degree apprentices also get to work within a company throughout their studies, so they gain valuable experience, learning on the job. We help our students to build their own professional networks; they’re taught by well-connected industry experts, and they get to make contacts at industry workshops led by some of the world’s most reputable organisations. We work with industry giants from Unilever, L’Oreal, and Sony Pictures, to WPP, Lloyds of London and IBM. Alongside their academic studies, it’s the experiences like these that help our students to develop the knowledge and skills they’ll need to succeed, as well as inspire them, so they have the drive and ambition to get ahead.

Our students are enterprising and entrepreneurial. They get to work with our in-house business incubator FindOutFresher, and many have set up their own companies too, like Kickpush and Yaantu and even social enterprises like Once Upon a Doug.

Our alumni have gone on to work for brands such as Nestle, Sainsbury’s, Microsoft, Dyson, Not on the High Street, the BBC, Snapchat, Wincanton and General Mills.

Industry engagement drives us; it’s not just what we do, it’s who we are. And it is what will take us, and our students, into the future.

*subject to academic performance