For business


apprentice at workThe University of West London has over 10 years of experience in delivering apprenticeships and is recognised as outstanding from Ofsted 2013 for the quality of our provision. We understand the business world and have formed employer partnerships to collaborate on the delivery of high quality apprenticeships. Find out more about our apprenticeship courses and how you can partner with us on one them.


What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is practical training in a job combined with academic study. Existing apprenticeships are based on a framework and usually have a qualification built into the process. The new apprenticeships are based on a standard that employers have designed and approved, including the final assessment.

New apprenticeships (also referred to as Trailblazers) are employer-led to ensure the apprentice learns knowledge, skills and behaviours that are relevant to the job. This enables the apprentice to carry out the job on completion of their qualification/degree with skill and confidence, giving you a highly-trained employee.

Apprenticeships are for students at all levels, starting at level 2 (equivalent to five GCSEs A*- C) and going all the way to Degree and Masters levels.


Our apprenticeship courses

We offer apprenticeship courses in hospitality, business and computing at a range of levels:

Visit the course pages to find out more or get in touch to see how we can tailor these to your business needs.


Employer benefits

  • Helps you grow your own talent in your business: "70% of employers surveyed said apprenticeships improved quality and service" (Department for Business, Skills and innovation, Dec 2015)
  • Develops skills and knowledge that are directly relevant to your business.
  • Offers current employees and new talent the opportunity to develop their skills and obtain a qualification or degree.
  • Gives you the opportunity to ‘grow your own’ staff instilling your business culture and working style from an early stage.
  • Utilises government funding to retain and prepare your staff for a significant future within your organisation, by gaining internationally recognised qualifications.
  • Develops high calibre staff who can add value through mentoring other staff members.
  • Enhances retention of a skilled workforce, aligned with the unique needs of your business.


How to get involved

If you are interested in learning more about how to partner with UWL on one of our apprenticeship courses, please get in touch. We would be happy to discuss with you how we can work together to find an apprenticeship that works for your business, or work with you to develop a new one.

General Apprenticeships

Janet Rowson
Associate Head, Degree Apprenticeships
0208 231 2607

Degree Apprenticeship in Digital and Technology Solutions

Dr Samia Oussena
Reader in Computing

Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA)

Chandra Bhasham
Lecturer in HRM and Strategy



Who can do an apprenticeship?
What are Higher and Degree Apprenticeships?
How do I hire an apprentice?
What does this cost and what funding is available?
What is an Apprenticeship agreement?

Who can do an apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships are for students at all levels. There is a progression of qualifications and study levels from GCSE up to master's degrees:

  • Intermediate Apprenticeship - Level 2, equivalent to five GCSEs A*- C
  • Advanced Apprenticeship - Level 3, equivalent to two A-Levels
  • Higher Apprenticeships - Level 4, 5, 6 and 7, equivalent to a foundation degree and above
  • Degree Apprenticeships - Levels 6 and 7, full bachelor's or master's degree

What are Higher and Degree Apprenticeships?
This is the latest form of apprenticeships which allow students to achieve a full foundation, bachelor's or master's degree whilst also gaining vocational training. These apprenticeships are designed in partnership with the employer and the university.

How do I hire an apprentice?
You can advertise for an apprentice on the national Find an Apprentice website. You can also up-skill your current employees though apprenticeships.

What does this cost and what funding is available?
The Government funds the full training for 16-18 year old apprentices; employers only pay their salary. Employers can receive up to two-thirds government funding to train employees on a Higher or Degree Apprenticeship programme. As an employer you may also be eligible for further government incentive grants.

Alongside full time employment, an employer is required to pay the apprentice a wage or salary and is responsible for any other employment related costs. Find out more about funding apprentices.

What is an apprenticeship agreement?
This is a mandatory agreement between the employer, apprentice and university that outlines the structure of the apprenticeship, what will be taught and trained, and what qualifications the apprentice will receive.


*From the Skills Training UK "Employer Factsheet: Benefits of Apprenticeships"