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Abigail Clarkson Middlesbrough Football Club


"The degree apprenticeship enables me to learn skills on the job and apply them to current projects at work."

I decided to do a degree apprenticeship because you can do it alongside work - having a job appealed to me but so did a degree. I always wanted a degree but at the same time I didn't want to give up my job, so the degree apprenticeship was a perfect solution.

The main benefit of studying a degree apprenticeship is that I get paid to learn as well as being able to keep my job. I fit university in around my current job and my employer is fully supportive, giving me additional study time if needed.

The lecturers at Teesside University are there whenever I need support or further guidance.

The programme has helped me to develop my knowledge and learn new skills, as well as gain a greater understanding of the workplace and how different departments work together. From this I have developed great working relationships and have undertook a wider variety of projects at work.

If anyone is considering a degree apprenticeship I would advise them to speak to their employer about it and if you have their support then go for it. I was a little anxious at first, which is normal for anyone, now one year in I know this was the right decision to make.

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