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Degree Apprenticeships

Information for Employers

Degree Apprenticeships are the fastest-growing route to attracting top talent into business and attract high calibre candidates who gain all the benefits of on-the-job learning and a funded Honours degree.

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Degree Apprentices split their time between university study and the workplace and are employed throughout – gaining a full bachelor’s or master’s degree while earning a wage and getting real on-the-job experience in their chosen profession. This can be on a day-to-day basis or in blocks of time, depending on the programme and requirements of the employer. 

Employers are expected to pay an appropriate training salary over the duration of their degree apprentices’ study, with starting salaries currently ranging from £14,000 to £22,500. The typical duration for an undergraduate Degree Apprenticeship is between 3-5 years and between 1-2 years for a typical postgraduate programme. 

Benefits of taking on an Apprentice

Apprenticeships are an asset to organisations when they add value beyond the mere bottom line. By positively affecting cultural change, a successful apprenticeship can improve both productivity and competitiveness whilst at the same time improving staff morale and retention, the ability to attract good staff and the reputation of that organisation in its respective sector. 

Best practice in apprenticeships can be summarised as the following:

  • Apprenticeships that are embedded as part of a long-term strategy on workforce growth and skills development 
  • Employers are clear about the role that apprentices play in the organisation and how they will be supported 
  • Apprentices are supported by the existing workforce, senior management as well as line managers and trades unions 
  • Apprenticeships are structured so as to provide ongoing support, pastoral care and mentoring throughout the placement
  • Apprenticeships are high-quality and tailored to the employer’s needs 

How are they funded? 

For employers with an annual PAYE bill of £3m or more, Degree Apprentices can be funded through their monthly Apprenticeship Levy payment. For smaller employers who do not attract the Apprenticeship Levy, the cost of course fees is shared between government (95%) and employers (5%). Further information on the mechanics of the Apprenticeship Levy can be found on our Apprenticeship Levy Explained page.

Current Employers 

  • BBC
  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Deutsche Bank
  • FDM
  • Goldman Sachs
  • GSK
  • KPMG
  • Morgan Stanley
  • PwC
  • Tata Consultancy Services Ltd
  • A number of NHS Trusts including Barts and the London NHS Trust.

We are also working with many organisations on partnerships for 2024.

If you would like to partner with us on an existing programme, or if you would like to work with us on developing a new programme for your organisation, please contact us at: 

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