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Leeds Beckett launches degree apprenticeship partnership with award winning pub and hotel chain JD Wetherspoon

National pub and hotel chain JD Wetherspoon has partnered with Leeds Beckett University to create a fully-funded, business management degree apprenticeship programme for their regional, area and pub managers.

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In the region of 100 Wetherspoon's staff will study the Leeds Beckett BA (Hons) Business Management Practice apprenticeship degree alongside their employment, each year. The University has designed the course to meet JD Wetherspoon’s business needs.  Students will study leadership and management modules including retail management, leadership and talent development and business management and leadership.

Jane Welbourn, Course Director at Leeds Business School at Leeds Beckett, said: “JD Wetherspoon are recognised for being leaders in training and development for their managers.  Their commitment to continuing professional development (CPD) enables them to retain talented, high quality employees, increasing the performance of the business. 

“Our relationship with JD Wetherspoon goes back to 2009 when we started delivering tailored CPD, and since then, it has gone from strength to strength. The development of this degree apprenticeship has been the next exciting step.  They value our flexible and adaptable approach that understands their needs. This has resulted in a tailor-made product, where students can take contextualised theoretical learning back into the workplace, increasing their competence as professional leaders and managers.”

Book on our forthcoming degree apprenticeships breakfast briefing for levy paying organisations


Professor Christopher Prince, Pro Vice Chancellor Business Engagement at Leeds Beckett, has been leading the University’s development of degree apprenticeships.  He said: “Leeds Beckett University, from its founding organisations, has a long track record of work-based learning.  This includes the development of new and innovative teaching methods and highly contemporary and relevant courses. The partnership with J D Wetherspoon marks the first of our degree apprenticeships, with other courses, that reflect the needs of our regional communities and strengths of our regional economy, planned for launch over the next year."

This new initiative coincides with the introduction of the government’s Apprenticeship Levy which came into effect on 6 April 2017. The levy requires all organisations with a wage bill over £3m to divert 0.5% of their wage bill over this amount into an apprenticeship levy account, which they use to fund apprenticeships for their employees. The scheme gives individuals the opportunity to develop skills relevant to their roles whilst working.  Employers benefit from staff with higher quality skills who can increase productivity and achieve professional progression.

Degree apprenticeships were launched by the government in September 2015 and are designed to help businesses develop graduate-level talent amongst their workforces.

Leeds Beckett is working closely with a number of UK employers to design industry-relevant courses which allow staff to boost their skills and earn a qualification which is directly relevant to their job, whilst in work.

For more information about degree apprenticeships at Leeds Beckett University, please visit www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/degreeapprenticeships

Degree apprenticeships breakfast briefing for levy paying organisations

Levy paying organisations are invited to a breakfast briefing to find out more about Leeds Beckett University's degree apprenticeships and how you can use your levy to fund up to 100% of a degree apprentice’s tuition fees. 

You will have the opportunity to speak to the academic staff who are delivering and developing the courses and also hear why employers chose to work with us on developing degree apprenticeships to suit their business needs.


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