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Employer FAQs

How is the degree apprenticeship course run?
How long does it take?
What courses are available?
Does the degree apprentice receive a salary?
Who pays the fees?
Do degree apprentices continue to work for employers when the university is in recess?
Are degree apprenticeships available throughout the UK?
How do prospective degree apprentices apply?

 

How is the degree apprenticeship course run?

The way degree apprenticeships are delivered will vary at universities throughout the UK, although all of them will include blocks of practical on-the-job training and academic study.

How long does it take?

All programmes are a minimum of three years but the time degree apprenticeships take to complete vary depending on the course.

What courses are available?

Each programme will include a core focus on technology skills with additional study options relevant to different occupational areas. The programmes are developed to meet individual employer needs and are delivered to the style of the individual university’s teaching model. These courses support the majority of entry level IT professional roles as follows: Software Engineer, IT Consultant, IT Business Analyst, Data Analyst, Cyber Security Analyst and Network Engineer.

Does the degree apprentice receive a salary?

Yes. Degree Apprentices are full-time employees and their employers pay their salaries. Degree apprentices should be paid an appropriate training salary throughout the duration of their study.

Who pays the fees?

The employer and the government pay the fees. For every £1 the employer pays the government will pay £2, up to a maximum contribution of £18,000. Additionally, on successful completion of the degree, the government will pay a completion fee of £2,700 per degree apprentice to the employer. For companies with less than 50 employees, the government will pay an incentive fee of £2,700 per degree apprentice to the employer. 

The government has announced that it will implement an apprenticeship levy from April 2017. The details of this levy and changes to funding are not yet finalised.

Do degree apprentices continue to work for employers when the university is in recess?

Yes. Degree apprentices are employees and perform duties in accordance with their employer's needs. The employer may make arrangements for independent study, negotiated with degree apprentices and universities, to determine how the degree apprentice will achieve the programmes outcomes.

Are degree apprenticeships available throughout the UK?

No. Currently degree apprenticeships are only available in England.

How do employers recruit prospective degree apprentices?

To be part of a government-backed apprenticeship scheme apprentices must be in full-time employment.

Employers can recruit via the following:

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