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Students from University’s first-ever apprenticeship group given jobs with top travel firm

STUDENTS from the University of Chichester’s first-ever cohort of apprentices have graduated with top honours – and have now been offered full-time jobs with their degree employers.

Georgina Searle and Harry Miller, who both obtained a 2:1 in their BA (Hons) degrees in business and management, landed roles at Worthing-based travel operator Classic Collection Holidays.

The University has partnered with organisations to deliver degree apprenticeships and develop a new workforce capable of hitting the ground running when they graduate. The programme allows students to combine study for an under-or postgraduate degree with a full or part-time job.

Georgina and Harry attended the University one day a week while gaining professional skills at Classic Collection for the other four days a week. Both graduates have salaried positions and their tuition fees were joint-funded by the Skills Funding Agency and Classic Collection Holidays.

Georgina said: “I’ve gained the knowledge and understanding of managing a business. It’s helped me to increase my confidence and to develop a wide variety of skills and give me ideas as to what I might like to do in the future.”

Harry added: “My degree apprenticeship has been an amazing opportunity to gain a degree while also acquiring invaluable work experience. The support of Classic Collection Holidays has allowed me to bring to the workplace the skills I developed at university, providing me with real life scenarios to use within my coursework.”

Apprentices Georgina Searle and Harry Miller

Georgina and Harry are the travel firm’s second and third business trainees to have successfully completed the course. They have since recruited a further four business trainees in conjunction with the University of Chichester to join the Degree Apprenticeship.

Linda Evans from Classic Collection said: “It’s about finding the managers of tomorrow. We look to recruit youngsters with raw talent who want to combine their degree with a salaried position and then nurture their talent to suit our unique business needs.

“We are investing in young people by providing them with clear career progression routes, which is a great way of attracting and retaining high-calibre staff and securing the future success of our company.”

Degree apprenticeships at the University of Chichester are open now in Business, Digital, Engineering, Social Work, and Teaching. For more go to www.chi.ac.uk/apprenticeships.