Students will be able to 'earn-while-they-learn' by signing-up to an innovative new degree.
This article was originally posted on glyndwr.ac.uk
North Wales Business School (NWBS) launches its Applied Business programme this September, offering students two days of education at Wrexham Glyndŵr University and three days of work at a top local company every week.
The undergraduate offering will see them become permanent members of staff receiving full employee benefits, as well as learning fresh skills and leaving after three years with a BA (Hons) qualification.
The course will also appeal to people already in employment who are keen to improve their business acumen or move up the ladder in their current role, with NWBS working side-by-side with each firm on interviewing candidates and assessing them at the end of each semester.
Among the topics included are management-accounting, digital marketing, employment law, supply chain operations, sales theory and practice, corporate governance and economics.
Programme leader Claire Blanchard is urging businesses and prospective students to get in touch and join them in preparing the next generation of graduates for the world of work, before they’ve even graduated.
“This is an exciting and ground-breaking way to study, which we believe will appeal to people from all backgrounds and sectors,” said Claire.
“At Wrexham Glyndŵr we care about our students from the moment they arrive to the moment they leave, and for the rest of their lives as they enter the workforce and follow their chosen career.
“This is the first step in that relationship and gives them an edge on other people looking to enter into the same industries, given that they will already have vital work experience and be earning a wage as well.”
The university launched North Wales Business School six months ago and it's already going from strength to strength, with the number of applications up to 20% ahead of this time last year.
Professor Chris Jones, head of NWBS, said: “The Applied Business degree is one of several new courses we have in place that are designed not only to educate, but to ensure our students are job-ready when they eventually graduate.
“As a school we have grown and brought in more people with real industry experience - from consumer psychologists to others in event-management and with years of experience in banking.
“There's a really positive vibe within the school. Our lecturers have bought-into the university vision and their passion is rubbing-off on our students.
"This led to 25% of them passing modules in the First Class honours classification (according to 2014 figures), which is 5% higher than the national average.”
He added: “We are flexible and meet the needs of our students. We don’t tie them down to long degree courses if that does not suit them or their employer.
"We can offer education in steps that make life easier for people; we are open to those wanting to take bits of education and become lifelong learners.”
The business team was lauded last year when it was recognised by the Awarding Body at The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) for delivering first-class academic quality at postgraduate level. The CIM commended the university for the ‘excellent standard of results achieved’ for assessments submitted in the summer.
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