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£3M HEFCE award to upgrade LSBU laboratories and support higher apprenticeships

30 November 2016
LSBU engineering students

“This investment will help to strengthen LSBU’s strong commitment to supporting our science and engineering students" - Deputy Vice-Chancellor Patrick Bailey

London South Bank University (LSBU) is today announcing a £3million pledge from The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), to support the setting up of laboratory facilities for degree study and higher level scientific and engineering apprenticeships.

This award will allow LSBU to expand its programme of professional and technical studies and foster increased engagement between employers, students and the local business community.

Professor Patrick Bailey, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of LSBU, said:

“I am delighted to be able to announce today a £3million funding pledge from HEFCE to support laboratory facilities at LSBU for degree apprenticeship study.

“This investment will help to strengthen LSBU’s strong commitment to supporting our science and engineering students, many of whom are studying for technical and professional qualifications and apprenticeships.

“HEFCE’s award will help us to achieve our ambitious goal of ensuring that by 2020 2000 students every year will be studying a professional or technical course at LSBU, with around 600 achieving higher degree apprenticeship qualifications or the equivalent.”

Nicola Turner MBE, HEFCE’s Head of Skills, said:

“Higher degree apprenticeships create valuable opportunities for young people and adults from all backgrounds to study in higher education while they work, and in so doing to fulfil their educational and career ambitions. These apprenticeships provide a skilled workforce that brings significant benefit to the local and national economy.

“HEFCE welcomes the work that London South Bank University is doing to expand its apprenticeship offer. Our catalyst funding will help to ensure that its students have the high-quality facilities and support they need to succeed, now and in the future.”

Visit our apprenticeships page for information for employers and apprentices.

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