Three Sixth Form students at Longsands Academy, an Astrea Academy Trust School, have secured spots on a prestigious degree apprenticeship scheme with MASS. The fully funded four-year course consists of on-the-job learning and study towards a degree one day a week, and will lead to a permanent role for the students at MASS.
Longsands Academy has developed close working ties with MASS - who deliver cutting edge solutions for secure and effective operations, including cyber security and digital forensics – which has led to careers support and sponsorship for student projects, including the national Race to the Line competition for Year 7 students in which they emulated the Bloodhound team by developing and racing their own rocket-powered cars. Making the most of these links, computing students Liam, Ben and Archie took part in work placements last summer – that gave them invaluable experience and a great opportunity to make a strong impression on the MASS team.
Jack Stark, MASS CIO, said: “We’re really pleased to be able to offer Liam, Ben and Archie a degree apprenticeship with us. Since joining us on work placements they have shown enthusiasm and commitment and I am glad they will continue to be a valued part of our digital services team. At MASS we believe in supporting the next generation of tech professionals and we’re looking forward to offering even more opportunities in the future.”
Neil Owen, Principal, Longsands Academy, said: “I am incredibly proud of the students and delighted for them that their conduct and aptitude whilst on work placement has led to such a wonderful opportunity. The apprenticeships that have been awarded are a testament to how fostering strong relationships between local industry and schools can excite and develop students providing tangible outcomes that benefit individuals and industry. MASS have been incredibly supportive of Longsands Academy and we look forward to future projects.”
This sentiment is echoed by Claire Chilton, Head of Computer Science at the academy, who said: “Our students benefit greatly from working with industry specialists. The technology industry needs young people with strong skills as well as knowledge. The BTEC qualification we offer provides students with the opportunity to study the core theory of computing whilst applying that knowledge to practical projects. Working with organisations like MASS offers our students true insight into specialisms and further ignites their enthusiasm in the classroom and for their future. For our students to be offered work experience opportunities accentuates this further. Liam, Ben and Archie are testament to the drive, dedication and abilities of our students and they all truly appreciate the scope of the opportunity our partnership with MASS has afforded them. To have secured a degree apprenticeship with such a prestigious company, where they will receive a salary and benefits whilst studying for a fully funded degree is a phenomenal achievement and we are simply full of pride and admiration.”
Claire’s own interest in technology is closely linked to MASS, as the co-founder is a close family friend who first introduced her to computers as a young girl. It is heart-warming that this legacy continues.