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Degree apprenticeship highlighted as example of 'Innovation that Inspires'

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An innovative course being run by Sheffield Hallam University Business School in partnership with manufacturer Nestlé UK is to be highlighted at an international business conference in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Sheffield Business School (SBS) and Nestlé UK joined forces to create a new programme which is the first of its kind in the food and drink industry.

The aim is to produce the next generation of business leaders in the industry through a three-year course, which gives students a degree, on the job experience and a pathway for future professional development.

The SBS Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) with Nestlé UK will be highlighted on the global stage when it is featured as an example of innovation at the Association of Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) international conference and annual meeting on Monday, April 23.

Thomas R Robinson, president and CEO of AACSB said: "The biggest risk to business schools is not the rapid pace of change. It is in failing to prepare the next generation of business leaders to cope with that change.

“Through its best-in-class leadership development program, Sheffield Hallam University Business Schoolis ensuring that the business leaders of tomorrow will be ready for whatever lies ahead.”

The course has been selected as one of 30 'Innovations that Inspire' from 16 countries in the Enhancing Approaches to Leadership Education category - which selects the best examples of innovation in leadership development from around the world.

The first cohort of students graduated from the SHU course in November 2017.

The university is working hard to open up access to higher education for those from the most disadvantaged backgrounds in the region through courses such as degree apprenticeships.

Tim Davidson-Hague, project lead for higher degree apprenticeships from Sheffield Business School, said: "I am delighted that our Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship run in partnership with Nestle UK has been selected as one of 30 examples of best practice by AACSB.

The first cohort of CMDA graduates

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"It is a tremendous honour that the work being done by SHU in partnership with Nestle is receiving recognition at such a prestigious international conference."

He added: "Sheffield Hallam is one of the leading universities for its offer of degree apprenticeships and we have a diverse and growing portfolio of courses which are helping businesses and public sector organisations to tackle current and future skills shortages in key industries.

"Courses such as the CMDA also give students from all backgrounds the opportunity to study at the same time as gaining vital management skills which will enable them to become the business leaders of the future."

The apprenticeship offers students the chance to combine a business and management degree with practical experience in sales, marketing, human resources and supply chain.

After completing their degree, Sheffield Hallam graduates are offered a permanent job by Nestlé and become professional members of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

The Sheffield Hallam and Nestlé programme was the first bespoke CMDA in the country.

The project is featured on the AACSB website Read more here

For press information: Contact Polly Mosley in the Sheffield Hallam University press office on 0114 225 3224 or email