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Degree Apprenticeships: Breaking the Stigma


Degree apprenticeships present a wonderful opportunity for those looking to further their education and gain practical work experience hand-in hand.

Being designed to provide a combination of academic knowledge and on the job training, it enables individuals to develop the valuable skills and experience they need to progress in their chosen careers.

Dr Martyn Jones, Senior Lecturer and Head of the degree apprenticeship programme in mechanical engineering at Glyndwr University, spoke to Business News Wales to highlight why he believes there isn’t a stigma surrounding degree apprenticeships, the overriding benefits for those in industry pursuing one, how it still qualifies as a full Bachelor’s degree and the importance of accessibility and why it isn’t necessarily true that you need high grades to be accepted onto the degree apprenticeship programme.

Programmes available from September 2023 include; mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, production engineering and low carbon energy, efficiency and sustainability – with Glyndwr being the only university in the region to offer that programme.

For more information on studying a degree apprenticeship at Glyndwr University, visit the Degree Apprenticeship page


From a rich history to a bright future for education in North Wales – Wrexham Glyndwr University gives each student’s learning and future personal attention.

With roots tracing back to 1887 as the Wrexham School of Science and Art, Wrexham Glyndŵr University takes pride in its illustrious history. It became Denbighshire Technical Institute in 1927 and Denbighshire Technical College in 1939. It soon became necessary to merge with two other colleges to become North East Wales Institute of Higher Education (NEWI), which quickly became one of the largest colleges of its kind in Britain with over 9,000 students and an annual budget in 1975 of £5 million. NEWI gained university status in 2008 and Wrexham Glyndŵr University was born.

The Glyndŵr Enterprise Team is dedicated to positively impacting the business community by providing essential tools to gain a competitive edge in a world marked by global competition and unparalleled collaboration. Our mission is to foster an environment of knowledge-sharing and effective partnering. We promise to address the specific needs and challenges of each organization, with a commitment to accessibility, inclusivity, and good business practice. We believe that education should be accessible to all, from start-ups and young graduates embarking on new careers, to business leaders and innovators; we equip individuals with the skills and knowledge to reach their full potential.

At the heart of our enterprise lies innovation and creativity, where new ideas are welcomed, and anything is possible with the will to make it happen.


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