Firms back ‘earn-and-learn’

MMU Business School
MMU Business School
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WIGAN companies have joined forces with a university for a pioneering work-based degree to help students earn while they learn.

Two firms have linked up with Manchester Metropolitan University for the new degree which was developed to offer an alternative route into education and work – the first of its kind in the UK.

Every week during term time, successful students would spend three days working and earning with a company and two days studying at MMU’s Business School for the BSc (Hons) in iBusiness. Out of term time, they work full time with normal employment annual leave.

The course is aimed at students who are currently coming to the end of A-levels or equivalent studies. Wigan firm MGF Excavation Support Systems has a position available and Pier-based Lowri Beck Group has two positions available as part of the new degree. The course is based on a current degree and modules include: business systems, project management, IT support, business analysis and web development. It will launch in September and the application deadline is July 7.

Students get a pro-rata salary, earning up to £12,000 a year and can still get a student loan. The arrangement with a company will run for two years to allow the students to focus on the final year of the degree full-time.

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