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26th February, 2021

LSBU is second in top UK university apprenticeship providers league

London South Bank University

LSBU is marking National Apprenticeship Week 2021 by celebrating coming second in a league table of leading higher education apprenticeship providers in England, according to apprenticeship provider data collected by the Department for Education.

LSBU took part in a virtual ‘Ask the Apprentice’ panel discussion on 9 February, hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Apprenticeships.

LSBU Group is expanding its apprenticeship programme this year. South Bank Colleges, part of the LSBU Group of local educational institutions, will offer apprenticeships in engineering and healthcare, from September 2021. These apprenticeships will focus on delivering Level 2 and 3 qualifications to young applicants. As the sponsor University, LSBU’s role will ensure these apprenticeships are high quality and meet the needs of both employers and apprentices.

LSBU currently offers a variety of apprenticeships with employers, across a range of sectors including building services, engineering, chartered planning, nursing, rail engineering, technical acoustics and digital marketing.

The University’s top six apprenticeship programmes in 2020 were:

  • Surveying (Building and Quantity Surveying) – 543 apprentices;
  • Health and Social Care – 484 apprentices (including 200 Nursing Associates);
  • Building Services – 314 apprentices;
  • Planning – 139 apprentices;
  • Architecture – 116 apprentices;
  • Digital Marketing – 49 apprentices.

Lauren Smithers, 2nd-year (BA) Digital Marketing trainee on a Digital Marketer apprenticeship with Pearson Plc, said:

“I was searching for jobs online and came across an apprenticeship. Once I started to look into it further, I knew it was the route for me as I struggled with being in education full-time.

“I needed more hands-on experience, as I tend to learn best while doing something practical. I applied for the job online, then had a phone and face to face interview with a recruitment company, before an assessment day with the hiring company.

“During lockdown LSBU made themselves available to help out at all hours, which has been fantastic for me due to an increased workload. They work really closely with my employer to make sure I have everything I need to complete this apprenticeship successfully.”

Sammy Shummo, Group Director of Apprenticeships at LSBU, said:

“In spite of immense challenges posed to UK employers by the Covid-19 pandemic and Brexit, LSBU has succeeded in holding onto its position in the top three higher education apprenticeship providers in England. The University is also on track to have over 2000 apprentices enrolled by early 2021.

“As LSBU Group embarks on its strategy for next year we look forward to working with employers, local communities and stakeholders to have 10,000 apprentices enrolled by 2025.

“LSBU is proud to be supporting apprentices from all backgrounds with over half identifying as BAME, 11% having declared a disability and around 10% from the most deprived parts of the country.

“Our apprentices distinguished themselves last year by winning numerous awards in the fields of Civil Engineering, Construction and Architecture.”


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