Henley Business School and EY apprenticeship programmes

27 November 2017

Henley Business School and EY apprenticeship programmes

Henley Business School and EY to offer apprenticeship programmes to UK businesses

Henley Business School has today announced a strategic collaboration with global professional services firm EY, to design and deliver apprenticeship programmes for UK businesses.

The alliance is one of the first of its kind to help companies to upskill their workforce, utilise their Apprenticeship Levy contributions and support the Government’s aim to create 3 million apprenticeship places by 2020, reiterated in this week’s Budget. The Apprenticeship Levy was introduced in April 2017 to encourage companies to invest in people development and help to tackle the UK skills gap, which can be a barrier to business growth. 

The collaboration between Henley - a world renowned triple accredited business school - and EY, will help UK businesses offer their employees degree apprenticeships across all levels of their organisation. It marks business and academia joining forces to help prepare UK business for the workplace of the future.

The apprenticeship courses will combine traditional academia with workshops, digital learning and on-the-job experience, enabling apprentices to study whilst working. The collaboration will also help to support the employer with the management of the apprenticeship programme, including reporting to the skills funding agency and utilising their levy contributions.

Professor John Board, Dean of Henley Business School said:

“Apprenticeships can offer a valuable opportunity for employees to underpin professional experience with academic theory based in a real world environment, with tangible results which can greatly benefit both businesses and their workers. The strategic collaboration with EY underlines our shared values and on-going commitment to delivering programmes of the highest possible calibre, which not only provide a powerful development experience to employees, but also address the strategic workforce challenges faced by organisations in the UK.” 

Simon Constance, EY People Advisory Partner said:

“In a rapidly changing world of work, particularly fuelled by globalisation and technology, employers are looking for new ways to build the skills of their people. EY’s alliance with Henley Business School will help to prepare UK businesses for the workplace of the future and support the Government’s aim to create three million new apprenticeships.”

One of the first Apprenticeship courses to be offered, under the Henley EY collaboration, will be the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) – a standard led by industry and the Chartered Management Institute. The course, which combines a degree with on-the-job experience, will help managers to develop leadership skills and follow a professional pathway for future development that includes Chartered Manager Status on completion. 

For more about the programmes offered via the Apprenticeship Levy visit the Higher and Degree Apprenticeships page.