The UK’s University of Gloucestershire has launched a new degree apprenticeship programme in collaboration with prestigious hotel brands.

It will provide apprentices with the opportunity to gain valuable management skills and industry experience while they simultaneously pursue an honours degree in Applied Hospitality Management from the university.

The first intake of learners commenced their studies in 2023, gaining insights into the hospitality industry while working for renowned hotels in London.

Dr Gaurav Chawla, programme lead at the university, expressed enthusiasm for the partnership with hotel industry leaders and wished the apprentices success in their studies.

“We were thrilled to stand alongside our hotel partners in welcoming the first intake of learners to our unique apprenticeship and wish them every success during the course of their studies,” said Dr Chawla.

Real-world experience and academic pursuits

The degree apprenticeship offers a distinctive blend of real-world experience and academic pursuits, allowing apprentices to apply theoretical knowledge in a practical setting.

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Lucy, an apprentice at Red Carnation Hotels’ Montague on the Gardens, shared her positive experience:

“It’s been really great meeting all the other degree apprentices and talking about where they work. Before this, I was working in a kitchen because I had started a gap year to focus on work. I saw the apprenticeship advertised on Not Going to Uni and decided to apply, and I managed to get the position.”

“I would definitely encourage someone to apply for an apprenticeship because if you get the role, it’s one of the best decisions you’ll make,” Lucy added.

University of Gloucestershire’s innovation recognised

Richard Graham, MP for Gloucester, lauded the initiative as one of the most exciting developments, highlighting the University of Gloucestershire’s innovative approach and leadership in delivering the unique course.

Graham emphasised the programme’s alignment with the apprenticeship levy, commending the university for attracting renowned businesses such as the Dorchester, JW Marriott, Red Carnation Hotels and the Park Plaza Hotel Group.

“This apprenticeship shows that the University of Gloucestershire is innovating and acting as the leader in delivering this new course,” said Richard Graham MP. “What a fantastic use of the apprenticeship levy.”