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Higher and Degree Apprenticeships

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Combining a blend of technical knowledge, on the job experience and business skills, Higher Apprenticeships are a great way for you to upskill existing employees or offer as an opportunity to attract new staff, allowing them to access Foundation and Honours degrees with fees part-paid by government.

Recent government announcements have confirmed funding for higher education that sits within an approved Higher Apprenticeship programme - there has never been a better time to get involved.

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) offers Higher and Degree Apprenticeships available at levels 4 to 7, and is committed to vocation education, offering professional accreditation for its programmes. The apprenticeships combine work with part-time study up to Honours degree level and may include a work-based, academic or combined qualification or a professional qualification relevant to the industry.

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Apprenticeships facts

  • On completion 90% of apprentices stay in employment with 71% staying with the same employer. A quarter receive a promotion within 12 months.
  • Over 240,000 workplaces employed an apprentice in 2013/15, including 'blue chip' British and international companies such as Cap Gemini, Ford, ITV, Airbus, Rolls-Royce, Barclays and the BBC.
  • ICM research shows that employers think that qualified Higher Apprentices are 25% more employable than those that took another route into work.

 

Employees learn while they work


Nationally there are 75 higher and degree apprenticeships available, with more in development, and in over 40 different job areas, which include Foundation degrees, HNDs and full Honours degrees. Job roles range from legal services to banking and engineering, giving your employees the chance to continue their professional development whilst working and earning.

  • Higher Apprenticeships go from level 4 to 7 and are equivalent to a Foundation degree and above, e.g. a professional qualification.
  • Degree Apprenticeships are available at levels 6 and 7 (full Bachelor's and Master's). 

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The Benefits

  • Higher Apprentices develop job-specific skills and competencies and are able to meet the unique needs of the business where they work and learn.
  • The offer of employment leading to higher level qualifications will attract and retain good quality candidates with the potential to progress.
  • Higher Apprentices bring a fresh perspective and up-to-date knowledge and skills, increasing productivity.
  • Learning is tailored to the workplace and can fill specific skills gaps.
  • Working with a Higher Apprentice will develop existing staff as they provide mentoring and support.

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Further Information

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Did you know nearly a quarter of a million workplaces employed an apprentice in 2013/14, including ‘blue chip’ British and international companies such as Cap Gemini, ITV, Airbus, Rolls-Royce, Barclays and the BBC? And with ICM Research showing that employers think that qualified Higher Apprentices are 25% more employable than those that took another route into work, what are you waiting for?

Get involved today and find out more about what we can offer you and your business. Please contact Phil Holifield, Project Manager, University of Central Lancashire, call 01772 893168 or email: Pholifield@uclan.ac.uk