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Aston University Engineering Academy leads UK with new apprenticeships

Engineering apprenticeships in the UK took a leap forward this month with news of the first apprenticeship scheme by a University Technical College (UTC).

The government announced that Aston University Engineering Academy (AUEA) will be the first UTC in the UK to offer apprenticeships. Working in partnership with high profile businesses such as E.ON, the apprenticeships will be offered to students from 16, alongside A-levels, to better prepare them for the challenges of the workplace.

An article in the TES yesterday, highlighted some of the key aspects of the scheme.

Students starting at the UTC aged 14 will go into an apprenticeship at 16.

Apprentices will spend 40 weeks in the classroom in their first year. By their third and final year, seven out of eight weeks will be spent in employment.

They will earn a salary of £7,500 in their first year,

£10,500 in their second year and

£12,500 in their third year.

The Academy opens in September 2012 and is located at Faraday Wharf adjacent to Birmingham Science Park Aston.

To find out more and learn how to apply, visit the AUEA website: www.auea.co.uk

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