Twenty-two-year-old Robert Halliwell, from Bradford, was one of the first students to start a degree apprenticeship at Leeds Beckett University when the programmes launched in 2017. Alongside his full-time job as a capacity and monitoring analyst at Yorkshire Building Society, Robert has completed a BSc (Hons) degree in Digital and Technology Solutions, funded by his employer.\nWhilst other degree apprenticeship students have completed Masters degrees and Bachelors top-up degrees, Robert is the first student to complete the full three levels of a Bachelors degree as a degree apprentice.\nRobert said: For me, the main attraction of a degree apprenticeship was the opportunity to gain work experience whilst studying for a degree. Leeds Beckett University was one of my initial choices before discovering the degree apprenticeship programme, so I was pleased to hear that they were offering the Digital and Technology Solutions course.\nThe combination of studying and working in this way has been perfect - having the ability to apply what you learn in a real work scenario really helps when studying for exams, assessments or writing reports.\nAs a capacity and monitoring analyst for Yorkshire Building Society, Roberts job involves ensuring all online services are both available and performing optimally for customers and colleagues.\nHe explained: I have been able to apply all the modules from the course in my everyday work providing new ways of working and resolving technical problems - for example automating time consuming daily tasks within my area. All of which have been greatly appreciated.\nBeing a degree apprenticeship student is no different from being a full-time student I could use all the facilities, and get involved with societies and clubs. I competed in the Cyber Crime Cup 2019 at the Etihad Stadium, where our LBU team came fourth in the UK!\nI would describe the degree apprenticeship as the ideal start to a career or career change. I would highly recommend the degree apprenticeship to anyone - the support from both Leeds Beckett University and Yorkshire Building Society has been amazing throughout.