More than 60 of the UK’s first degree apprentices have enrolled at Manchester Metropolitan University’s (MMU) new Degree Apprenticeship in Digital & Technology Solutions.

The degree course has been designed and developed by the Tech Partnership and MMU, with leading regional employers such as Barclays, AstraZeneca, Lloyds Banking Group, Thales, Network Rail, DWP, Apadmi, Reality Mine, Shaping Cloud and Bright Future Software.

It’s one of a number of new degree apprenticeship programmes to launch this autumn in the UK and is backed by the government, which funds two thirds of the course fees.

The aim is to will support the UK demand for the one million expected vacancies in the digital sector in the next decade.

The apprentices will study at MMU’s £75m business school, while working for their employer and earning while they learn.

Professor Jean-Noël Ezingeard, Deputy Vice Chancellor, MMU, said: “We are delighted to be one of the first selected universities able to offer the Digital & Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship. This means the employers can be confident that their degree apprentices will be developing the very best and most relevant skills and knowledge that industry needs for its future development.”