Innovative new UX course achieves Tech Industry Gold accreditation


Manchester Metropolitan University’s Digital User Experience (UX) degree apprenticeship programme has gained Tech Industry Gold Accreditation – the industry standard for job readiness.

It is also the first Digital UX Degree Apprenticeship to gain Tech Industry Gold, the kitemark endorsed by  TechSkills that denotes education and training relevant to digital and tech careers.

Tech Industry Gold accreditation recognises the course’s  outstanding learning outcomes, innovation in delivery through following a Scrum sprint structure with integrated learning and assessment, and the unanimous backing of participating employers.

Julia Bateson, Head of Apprenticeships for TechSkills commented: “We are delighted to see such a ground-breaking course achieve our Tech Industry Gold accreditation. It is exciting to see digital apprenticeships grow and broaden their reach. This course and other Tech Industry Gold accredited courses, truly recognise the needs of industry – it is an exciting time to be part of the sector.”

Jill Griffiths, Deputy Head of the School of Digital Arts, said: “Having contributed to the development the Digital UX Standard from the very beginning we are thrilled that the programme, and team, have achieved Tech Industry Gold recognition.”


Jenny Taylor MBE, IBM UK Foundation Manager and Chair of the national Digital Trailblazer Group, said: “Degree apprenticeships such as the Digital User Experience (UX) offer a superb new route into digital careers.  Our business is dependent on the quality of our workforce, and we put considerable energy into developing people to have the right combination of skills for the work we do. Tech Industry Gold Degree Apprenticeships are an important way for us to attract and develop high quality entrants who have future leadership potential.”

A fantastic recognition of our excellence in learning outcomes, innovation, and delivery.

Liz Gorb, Director of Apprenticeships at Manchester Met, said: “We are delighted to receive the Tech Industry Gold accreditation for our Digital User Experience (UX) Degree Apprenticeship. This is a fantastic recognition of our excellence in learning outcomes, innovation and delivery.

“TechSkills bring together a wide range of employers and universities and we have partnered with them from the start of our Degree Apprenticeship journey. This is our third programme to receive Tech Industry Gold accreditation.

“These accreditations speak to our dedication to upskill apprentices to thrive in a number of digital and technology careers.

“Degree apprenticeships make an incredible impact on people’s lives and careers. Our programmes offer a great combination of high-quality academic learning and on-the-job training. They deliver exceptional results both at university and impact within the workplace,” she added.

About Manchester Met.

Manchester Met is the leading university provider of degree apprenticeships in the UK (*RateMyApprenticeship Awards 2019, 2020, 2021), with a proven record of success. Since they began in 2015, its degree apprenticeships programmes have seen more 2,000 degree apprentices joining the University, across 15 programmes, from more than 540 employer partners.