Teesside University launches creative digital design apprenticeship

Teesside University has unveiled a new addition to its suite of degree apprenticeships with the launch of the creative digital design professional apprenticeship. 

This programme, led by course leader, Rachel Teate, and director of professional apprenticeships, Jo Burgess, is set to shake up the way businesses approach digital design and creative practices. 

The university announced a major funding boost for its professional apprenticeships offering back in February this year. 

What do you get out of a degree apprenticeship? 

Apprenticeship graduates will be able to create digital design solutions for a wide range of applications, from online services to mobile applications, making them invaluable for employers and keeping them competitive in the job market. Upon completion of the three-year, part-time programme, they’ll achieve a level 6 degree. 

Find out more about the different levels of apprenticeships. 

The apprenticeship consists of three hours of online learning each week, plus another three hours of off-the-job learning. Each semester includes two days on campus. The low level of contact time means that apprentices from across the UK can take part. 

What do you learn during a creative digital design professional apprenticeship? 

The curriculum covers a wide array of creative design practices, including motion graphics and data storytelling. 

Rachel Teate, who leads the programme, explains, “The unique aspect of this apprenticeship is that apprentices work on projects that are directly applicable to their business. For instance, if a company needs software to simplify their tax processes, the apprentice can develop that software as part of their coursework, aligning their academic pursuits with business needs.” 

Who is the creative digital design professional apprenticeship for? 

This apprenticeship is best suited to people who already have support from their employers and meet the course entry requirements (typically, at least two A levels or equivalent). 

The kinds of employers who will benefit from putting their employees on the apprenticeship scheme is diverse. Teesside University reckons it will work for engineering firm looking to integrate digital prototypes, service providers aiming to enhance processes through design, or creative businesses seeking to expand their service offerings. 

For levy-paying employers, the cost of the programme is covered entirely by the apprenticeship levy. For non-levy paying businesses, the fee is £1,125 for a degree-level qualification. So if it’s something you’re interested in, talk to your employer. 

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