Degree apprenticeships

Higher and Degree Level Apprenticeships are key elements of the Government’s commitment to 3 million apprenticeships by 2020.

Higher and Degree Level Apprenticeships are intended to meet the demands of employers, address key skills gaps, and enhance the UK’s productivity. Universities have a crucial role to play in delivering the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed, through Higher and Degree Level Apprenticeships.

What is a degree apprenticeship

Degree apprenticeships are a new opportunity to provide employer-focused higher education in England, offering a debt-free way to combine university education with work experience. The apprentice must be employed, either as a new recruit or an existing member of staff, and will combine ‘on the job’ training with study for a degree qualification.

Degree apprenticeships are defined through a Standard, co-designed with employers, that sets out the key skills, behaviours and knowledge the apprentice will need to develop during their course. Consequently, they're a great way for employers to recruit new employees and upskill their workforce.

“An apprenticeship is a job, in a skilled occupation, that requires substantial and sustained training, leading to the achievement of an Apprenticeship standard and the development of transferable skills to progress careers”

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills/Department for Education 2013

Apprenticeship levy

From April 2017, all employers operating in the UK, with a pay bill over £3 million each year, are required to contribute to a new apprenticeship levy. If you pay the apprenticeship levy, you can use the funds in your digital account to pay for apprenticeship training. To find out more about the levy, guidance is available from HMRC.

If you don’t pay the levy, you can still access the new apprenticeship training. You’ll be required to make a 10% contribution to the cost of the training, and government will pay the rest, up to the maximum amount of funding available for that apprenticeship. Help with this is available from the National Apprenticeship Service.

Our degree apprenticeships

Bath Spa University is currently developing its apprenticeship portfolio, focusing initially on these areas:

  • Business, Management and Leadership
  • Childcare and Education
  • Creative Arts and Design
  • Policing
  • Food Industry

To find out more, please contact us, apprenticeships@bathspa.ac.uk.

If you’re an employer and would like to discuss apprenticeships in areas outside those listed, please get in touch. Bath Spa University is keen to be a key provider in the region, tailoring its provision to meet local needs.

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