Blackburn College becomes first in Pennine Lancashire to offer Lancaster University Degree Apprenticeship

Blackburn College is delighted to announce the launch of a brand new Management Degree Apprenticeship.

The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) has been designed in conjunction with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Lancaster University -The Times and Sunday Times University of the Year 2018.

The introduction of the Degree-Level Apprenticeship marks a first for the local area – with Blackburn College being first in Pennine Lancashire to offer a Lancaster University awarded Degree -Level Apprenticeship meaning the qualification has the backing of a UK Top 10 University.

A Degree Apprenticeship is an exciting new qualification that enables Apprentices to achieve a full degree while developing practical skills in the workplace. The employers benefit by gaining a highly-skilled employee with both the academic qualifications and the relevant knowledge shaped by their on-the-job experience, ready-made for their business.

The new programme has been developed with leading organisations including: CAPITA, the Ministry of Defence, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, The Senator Group and Forbes Solictiors.

Joanne Pickering, Director of HR, Training and Quality at Forbes Solicitors said: “I am very pleased to champion the development of the Degree Level Apprenticeship.

“The collaboration between industry and education is important and having an employer’s perspective in the design of the programme allows the skills needs of our region and the economy to be considered.”

Caroline Bracewell, Academic Subject Leader for Business and Accounting at the University Centre at Blackburn College said: “We are very excited to be able to offer the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship. It is brilliant news for those wanting to reap the benefits of learning through an Apprenticeship, but graduate with a BA (Hons) Business Management with Leadership degree awarded by Lancaster University.”

“Degree Level Apprenticeships are part of a wider Government initiative to support and enable the development of skills in the workplace as well as offer a greater variety of Higher Education options to students.”

“The programme is aimed at developing confident, competent, forward-thinking managers using innovative teaching and learning methods, both in the University Centre at Blackburn College and in the workplace.”

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