VERTU’s degree-level apprenticeship programme is putting another group of 13 people through the scheme which delivers a BA in Business Leadership and Management.
This is an increase from the 10 students who started last year who are now commencing their second year. The programme offers the chance to gain a degree while earning a salary of £18,000 holding a full-time permanent role within the business.
The course is one of the first motor retail industry’s degree-level apprenticeships.
In partnership with Northumbria University, Vertu Motors plc, the UK’s sixth largest motor retailer, will fund £27,000-worth of tuition fees over the 3.5-year course meaning the apprentices leave University debt-free and with a full-time job and great further career opportunities within the UK wide business.
Students spend the majority of the course in placements at dealerships across the Vertu Motors group, with the prospect of quickly progressing into managerial roles.
The group will work towards their BA degree in Business Leadership and Management Practice, Undergraduate Risk Advisor or Finance MI Analyst, gaining invaluable experience in the workplace, as well as supplementary in-house training.
Robert Forrester, chief executive of Vertu Motors, said: “The degree-level apprenticeship is a fantastic opportunity to gain a respected degree, debt-free in a dynamic industry.
“We are always keen to take on talented, enthusiastic people who fit with our values and our degree-level apprenticeship is not just something for school-leavers to consider. This year we have welcomed a strong mix of both men and women of different ages, from a variety of backgrounds. I am excited to see how their careers progress over the next couple of years.”