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Degree Partnerships

Devon County Council

“We started working with the University of Exeter last year, and have found they are really employer focused, engaged in the programmes, responsive and have also been very flexible.

The University of Exeter have made sure that we understood what’s going to happen and when and what the processes are for undergoing Degree Apprenticeships; they really have made it as simple as possible for us. Exeter put on a virtual open day for us so that our apprentices could learn more about the programme – this was really well received.

We’ve found that the University of Exeter’s customer service has been high level. As an employer, if there is an issue that has been raised, we want a swift response as we haven’t got the time to keep chasing learning providers. We need someone who is proactive and gets things done, which has definitely been the case with Exeter. Our key contact is always really responsive and we’ve got confidence that when he says he is going to do something he will do it, which is important for us as an employer.

I have also attended the mentor session that the University of Exeter ran which was really helpful, especially for those of us who are new in the role. It helped to make sure everything was clear and also to help build up those relationships with the university, so that we feel like we can pick up the phone if we have any questions.

We started the programme last year with two students and now have another five; the programme is growing every year. The ability of all our apprentices on the programmes is incredible, it’s clear that in five or ten years they will be flying. Studying a Degree Apprenticeship means that compared to the more traditional university route, they are putting their learning straight into practice.”

Anne, Senior Workforce Development Advisor at Devon County Council