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berks_mum
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Help selecting Uni vs degree apprenticeship offer

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DC needs to choose between: M eng offer with 1 year industrial placement(RG group Uni) vs degree apprenticeship from a well known org. We are clueless. Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Re: Help selecting Uni vs degree apprenticeship offer

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It depends on the nature of the degree apprenticeship. Is it day release at Uni or terms at uni and work the rest of the time over a longer period? Are they paying uni fees? Does it lead to charter ship (or offer than asa aa subsequent pathway?). There are some excellent degree apprenticeships around and I would recommends them - but they vary hugely in terms of structure and what is offered so you need to get more detail.
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Re: Help selecting Uni vs degree apprenticeship offer

Post by Tinkers »

It’s dependent on a number of things.
Type of engineering, the type of organisation, whether your DC wants to specialise in a particular field. Is employment guaranteed throughout and afterwards. What employment opportunities are there elsewhere. What does the contract say in terms of working there afterwards.

To get chartered needs a Masters or jumping through equivalent hoops, so worth asking the organisation if they will support that after, the first degree.

If it’s a good scheme, I think a degree apprenticeship has a lot to offer, but then so does a normal MEng with placement.
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Re: Help selecting Uni vs degree apprenticeship offer

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Thank you both. Your response is very helpful. Don’t exactly know the course structure but below are a few details.
- I believe org works with public sector
- Yes, the org will pay Uni fees for a B-eng course (Building services, accredited by CIBSE and energy institute)
- there is a charter status if further one year MSc course taken
- employment guarantee is present (probation period 6 months) till end of degree period, further permanent offer likely
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Re: Help selecting Uni vs degree apprenticeship offer

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If that is the subject area DC is interested in then that all sounds good to me - with the caveat that the structure is important - will it feel like working with a bit of study on the side or will it feel like the full uni experience (largely). Also - will they genuinely be able to manage the workload? Good luck either way.
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Re: Help selecting Uni vs degree apprenticeship offer

Post by Miltonkeynes1 »

Hi- my son is currently doing the Civil service Economics degree apprenticeship and loves it. He started off doing Bsc Ec & Finance at Bristol but became disillusioned with lack of Face to face lectures, so applied for GES degree apprenticeship in his 2nd year.
It's basically 4 days in the workplace and 1 day uni. The application process was quite rigorous as it was in 5 stages including 2 interviews.
He is really enjoying the work, his Team seems very supportive and he enjoys the uni work. They have face to face a couple of days per term and 1 week residential.
Plus it's a bonus that he earns a wage and gets his uni fees paid!
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