The pilot scheme will see up to five candidates enrolled onto a fully sponsored degree apprenticeship course funded by GoCompare with one of the UK’s top universities, alongside an apprenticeship role with the fintech company.
Aston University, based in Birmingham city centre, has over 100 years’ experience working in close partnership with enterprise, learners and communities to nurture professionals with relevant skills as well as knowledge that can be directly applied to business and industry.
In 2015 the university became the first in the UK to offer degree apprenticeships and is also the first to have alumni who graduated the Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship in July 2017.
Successful applicants will undertake an initial seven-week, full-time bootcamp with Aston University before starting a job in GoCompare’s industry-leading tech team, continuing their studies through a mixture of distance and classroom learning.
GoCompare will specifically look to collaborate with schools and colleges in South Wales to identify candidates for its degree apprenticeship programme, thereby giving opportunities to students who may otherwise not have had access to higher education through a traditional route.
Lee Griffin, Founder and President of GoCompare, said: “We’re really excited to launch our degree apprenticeship scheme with Aston University. Our hope is that through working with higher education institutions, we can give students a chance to earn as they learn, providing them with both the theoretical knowledge and real-world experience they need to make a real impact and pursue valuable careers.
“This initiative is part of our on-going commitment to develop talent in our area, closing any diversity gaps, and putting South Wales on the map as a UK tech hotspot. With our degree-apprenticeship partnership with Aston University, our message to people is simple: if you have the ability and drive then we want you to help us build the future of fintech in the UK.”
Professor Helen Higson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Aston University, said: “GoCompare is one of the most well-known fintech companies in the UK, so of course we are thrilled that we will be working with them to add new talent, skills and enthusiasm into their workforce.
“It’s a win-win for both the employer and the apprentice. Degree apprentices don’t pay tuition fees and gain a wealth of professional experience that vastly improves their employability, while the employer benefits from a programme tailor-made to address skills shortages in their business.
“As the UK’s most experienced provider of degree apprenticeships, we are confident that our programme will add a new spark to GoCompare’s workforce and provide life-changing opportunities for young people no matter what their background.”
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About Aston University
Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiaries – students, business and the professions, and our region and society. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Professor Alec Cameron is the Vice Chancellor & Chief Executive.
Aston has been a leading university for graduate employment success for over 25 years and our students do extremely well in securing top jobs and careers. Our strong relationships with industry partners mean we understand the needs of employers, which is why we are also ranked in the top 20 for graduate employability.
About GoCompare.com Group plc (www.gocomparegroup.com)
GoCompare.com Group plc (GOCO) operates GoCompare, a leading UK financial services, utilities and home services comparison website; and The Global Voucher Group Limited (trading as MyVoucherCodes), which is a digital media and affiliate marketing specialist that connects consumers with money saving offers from the world's leading brands.
GoCompare attracts approximately five million visits every month and is designed to help people save time and money. When GoCompare launched in 2006 it disrupted the insurance market as the first comparison website to display policy details rather than just listing prices. GoCompare's goal was then, and still is now, to help people make better-informed buying decisions that save them time and money.
MyVoucherCodes.co.uk is one of the UK's biggest discount voucher websites. It launched in November 2006 and provides sales, discount and voucher code information to millions of consumers across the UK every month.
Each week, MyVoucherCodes send a variety of emails with the best selection of deals, vouchers and offers across fashion, restaurants, electronics, travel, beauty and more to its eight million email subscribers.
GoCompare.com Group plc uses data gathered from more than 20 million customers over the last 11 years to underpin its drive to continually improve its proposition and leverage its strong position.
The Group is also an investor in Souqalmal.com, the leading comparison business in the Middle East; and in promising fintech start up MortgageGym, the mortgage robo-adviser.
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