Cranfield University has launched a trailblazing degree apprenticeship, the ‘Mastership’, which provides masters-level vocational education for 73 graduate engineers from a leading global defence, security, and aerospace manufacturer this year. The company will also be able to claim back the funds under the Apprenticeship Levy’s rules.
A new facility at Cranfield University was recently opened and it will enable bespoke and real time online tutorials that other large engineering and manufacturing organisation would like to exploit. For this reason, a second course was launched this year. The Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering Competence is part of the competency-focused apprenticeship and is delivered fully online. This gives students the flexibility to study around work and minimise their time away from the business, by combining live interactive group sessions and ‘on-demand’ sessions.
“This innovative programme is a further strengthening of Cranfield’s masters-level apprenticeship offering. Online delivery is key and engineers are now able to access our study both through live interactive and ‘on-demand’ sessions,” said Cranfield University’s director of manufacturing Professor Rajkumar Roy.
The Mastership apprenticeship complies fully with the definition of apprenticeship training under the government’s guidelines for the Apprenticeship Levy. Graduates receive online education, while the employer is eligible to reclaim the levy it pays, providing certain criteria are fulfilled. The levy is currently 0.5 per cent of a company’s payroll when that is £3 million or more per annum.
“We are delighted that Cranfield has entrusted us to deliver such an innovative project. We will be using our Jefferson Group social media platform, designed to promote British manufacturing and STEM initiatives, to highlight the many unique aspects of the course and we look forward to meeting with interested parties across the UK in the coming weeks,” said Interface UK co-founder Stuart Whitehead, who also manages the project on behalf of Cranfield.