The apprenticeship programme gave us the opportunity to pull talent from a socially diverse spectrum of individuals to enable us to design more creatively our cities and infrastructure of the future. From DAF’s perspective, we want to retain talented staff. We’ve got ambitious staff within the business. We want to provide a route for them to develop their careers within the organisation. The MBA program will provide masters level skillsets to empower our employees and give them the opportunity to have a real impact on our business. As with many, many trusts within England the Oxford University Hospitals has a shortage of nurses. The main benefits of the apprenticeship programme has been to see the development and progression of our unregisted staff and the opportunities that the apprenticeship has given them. We worked intensively with Oxford Brookes to develop the programme so it suited both the university as well as our students. We’ve been very happy with the relationship. We have tripartite meetings with the course tutor, with the line manager, the employer and the employee themselves. There’ve been great opportunities to apply what is being learnt in their courses into the everyday work environment. We have worked with Oxford Brookes University for many, many years and we’ve been very, very happy. We are about working with local institutions, and Oxford Brookes very much fits the bill in terms of having an excellent reputation and offering a broad range of courses that suits the interests of our employees and the company. Working with Oxford Brookes has been incredibly inspirational. It’s been a real collaborative approach, and we just absolutely love working with the university here at Foster and Partners.