Degree Apprenticeships

For employers

Degree apprenticeship employers

Calling all non-levy employers...

We have received additional funds from the ESFA to support non-levy-paying employers. Find out if your organisation could benefit and learn more here.

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 an apprenticeship?

A degree apprenticeship will run for a minimum of three -four years. Higher apprenticeships run from 18 months to 2 years, depending on experience.


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. The cost of the course and training are fully covered either by the apprenticeship levy (for levy paying employers) or co-funded by the government (for non-levy paying employers).


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​. 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 or Level 4 certificate and an apprenticeship. Many degree apprenticeships offer the apprentices a chance to gain professional recognition.


Why should employers offer apprenticeships?

Training staff through an apprenticeship will:

  • Help businesses to develop their own talent in their business; '70% of employers surveyed said apprenticeships improved quality and service' (Department for Business, Skills and innovation, Dec 2015).
  • Support employees to develop skills and knowledge that are directly relevant to their jobs.
  • Motivate employees and new talent to develop their skills and obtain a qualification or degree.
  • Use government funding to prepare staff for a significant future within a business by gaining internationally recognised qualifications.
  • Develop high calibre staff who can add value through mentoring other staff members.
  • Enhance retention of a skilled workforce.


How does the funding work?

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

Apprenticeship levy


The UWL apprenticeship offer


How will UWL support employers?

  • We have over ten years’ experience in delivery high quality apprenticeships and are rated as 'Outstanding' by Ofsted.
  • We will work with employers to plan workforce needs.
  • We will support employers 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 employers 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.

​​What do employers say?

Hear from two employers with apprentices on our Degree Apprenticeship in Digital and Technology Solutions​ course.

We embarked on this apprenticeship journey this year and the dedicated and very supportive team at UWL have made the whole process very easy by guiding us at every step. The apprentice has gelled very well with our team and we are very happy with the overall outcome.

 - Ms Sangeetha Viswanathan, Operations/Project Manager, One Point Ltd

The University of West London is of great value to SEGA as the partnership continues to deliver high-quality knowledge and skills to our business through the University's apprenticeship programme. The apprenticeship programme, which SEGA has been using for some years, is helping SEGA technical staff develop their technical abilities and real life experience, producing richer and more capable teams. SEGA greatly values the partnership with the University and together we endeavour to make a difference to our apprentices for their ongoing and future careers. All the feedback received from both the University and SEGA staff continues to be positive about the value of the programme to both parties.

 - Mr Stuart Wright, Director of Technology, SEGA