Is University the only way to success?
In October, DSS worked in partnership with the charity Leadership Through Sport and Business and NatWest Bank to deliver our first digital boot camp for level 3 students. 15 students joined the two-week course which culminated in a dragons-den-style competition, where ten winners secured degree apprenticeships places at NatWest.
During their time at DSS, participants were introduced to cloud computing and data analytics, and they were able to build a data visualisation mobile app to showcase their newly acquired skills by the end of it. These activities helped them develop innovation, creativity, and readiness for change, as well as key critical thinking skills.
What made this boot camp so unique is that the level 3 students were not the typical, high performing academic students undertaking A levels but were high performing vocational students, studying BTEC qualifications, drawn from the college and local Newham schools. In addition, this was the first time that NatWest considered vocational students to undertake their degree apprenticeship programme.
Those participating in Natwest’s Digital & Innovation programme in partnership with the social mobility charity Leadership Through Sports and Business will undertake a four-year paid apprenticeship at NatWest and simultaneously complete a fully funded degree.
More and more business leaders are trusting in the benefits of an education that is alternative to University. This approach opens doors for talented individuals from economically and socially disadvantaged backgrounds while supporting businesses in their talent acquisition, ensuring employees start their working lives with the knowledge required as well as the practical skills to do a great job.