Nursing apprenticeships are to be offered by nine further universities in England from September 2018, following a national funding announcement.
The group of universities has been given a share of £4.9 million by the Higher Education Funding Council for England to devise the employer-based training programmes over the next year.
The money has been divided between universities that will offer a wide selection of new degree-level apprenticeships, ranging from healthcare and science to business and engineering.
Coventry University, Keele University, Leeds Trinity University and University of Cumbria will all use the cash to develop registered nurse degree apprenticeships with employers this year.
The University of Suffolk and Southampton Solent University have also been given money to set up “adult nursing” and “adult nursing practice” apprenticeships.
An announcement also confirmed Sheffield Hallam University, Middlesex University and Birmingham City University will develop “nursing” apprenticeship programmes.
The funding will create new opportunities for individuals across West Yorkshire, including those under-represented in higher education.
Greenwich University said it now expected to begin apprenticeships in autumn 2018 and Sunderland University said it would start the training in 2018 at the earliest and Derby University said it planned to offer apprenticeship training from March.