University of Birmingham partners with Vodafone UK to develop Digital Degree Apprenticeship

The University of Birmingham is delighted to announce its partnership with Vodafone UK to deliver a four year degree apprenticeship. This course will drive innovation and growth across the UK by developing digital talent at a university level.

The programme combines a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the University of Birmingham with a technology apprenticeship at Vodafone. 16 Digital Degree Apprentices have been accepted on to the programme for 2018 and they will attend the University of Birmingham.

During their four-year study period, Digital Degree Apprentices will receive a salary. There is a 10-week summer placement in their first year and a 12-month industrial placement in their third year, with a guaranteed role in one of Vodafone’s digital teams once they graduate.

Professor Andy Schofield, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Head of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Birmingham, said: “We believe that in order to prepare our students for a 21st century workplace, it is essential to build their digital skills and give them the best possible opportunities in which to use them.

The four-year programme we are launching with Vodafone will provide our students with both the digital education and critical hands-on training they will need to succeed in a digital future. As a world leader for research and innovation, we are delighted to be partnering with Vodafone to address the UK’s technology skills gap and educate the digital talent of the future.”

Vodafone logoAdam Parsons, HR Director at Vodafone UK, added: “Digital sectors like artificial intelligence, cloud services and the Internet of Things represent exciting opportunities for the UK economy. The education and mentoring programmes we have created will help us to make the most of these opportunities.”
 

To find out more about the course visit www.birmingham.ac.uk/compsci-vodafone.

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Notes to Editors

The University of Birmingham is ranked amongst the world’s top 100 institutions. Its work brings people from across the world to Birmingham, including researchers and teachers and more than 6,500 international students from over 150 countries.

Vodafone UK is part of Vodafone Group, one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies, and provides a range of services including voice, messaging, data and fixed communications. Vodafone Group has mobile operations in 25 countries, partners with mobile networks in 46 more, and has fixed broadband operations in 18 markets. As of 31 March 2018, Vodafone Group had 535.8 million mobile customers and 19.7 million fixed broadband customers, including India and all of the customers in Vodafone’s joint ventures and associates. For more information about Vodafone UK, please visit: www.vodafone.co.uk