Degree Apprenticeships

For employers

Degree apprenticeship employers



What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is practical training in a job with study.

All our new apprenticeships are based on a 'standard' that has been designed and agreed by employers including the design of an 'end point assessment'.

An apprentice gains knowledge, skills and behaviours that are relevant to the job and on completion the apprentice can carry out the job role with skill and confidence.


How long is a degree apprenticeship?

A degree apprenticeship will run for a minimum of three -four years 


How much do I pay an apprentice?

The apprentice works for you as your employee and has all the benefits as a fully paid up member of your staff. Most of our employers offer degree apprenticeship students £15,000 - £24,000 per annum. View the government guidance on apprenticeship pay for more information.


How much time does the apprentice study away from their job?

All Apprentices must be allowed 20% 'off the job' time away from their job to study their course and complete course work and assessments.

This will often be by attending the university one day per week or in some cases they may study on a 'block' release format by attending weekly blocks of teaching over the year.


What is the difference between a higher and a degree apprenticeship?

These terms describe the level of the degree qualification studied‚Äč. The infographic below from the Education and Skills Funding Agency should help illustrate the differences. 


What does the apprentice gain at the end of their apprenticeship?

An Honours Degree and an apprenticeship. Many degree apprenticeships offer the apprentices a chance to gain professional recognition.


Why should employers offer apprenticeships?

  • 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 does the funding work?

The infographic below lays out how the levy works and what steps are involved.

Apprenticeship levy


The UWL Degree Apprenticeship Offer


How will UWL support employers?

  • We have over ten years’ experience in delivery high quality apprenticeships (Ofsted rated outstanding).
  • We will work with you to plan your workforce needs
  • We will support you through the recruitment and selection of apprentices
  • All our apprentices have a dedicated apprenticeship support link tutor as well as a personal tutor on their course.
  • We provide you with an Apprenticeship Agreement and the Apprenticeship Commitment Statement
  • Our apprenticeship support link tutor will visit the apprentice in the workplace and liaise with the workplace apprenticeship mentor.