Degree Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship Employers

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

Degree apprenticeships are a collaboration between UCLan as the training provider, the employer and student and due to recent government announcements; there has never been a better time to get involved.

The University of Central Lancashire offers 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.


Business Benefits

  • By accessing the new Apprenticeship Levy, employers can use the funding to develop and upskill their staff up to degree level and gain an internationally recognised qualification.
  • The apprenticeships are open to new and existing employees of all ages, therefore they should help employers to attract and retain talented employees to suit the specific needs of their organisation.
  • As prior work experience will be taken into consideration, applicants with relevant work experience or qualifications from other institutes may be able to start the apprenticeship at year two or three – offering complete flexibility for the business and apprentice
  • Employers contribute to the content and development of the programmes, this ensures that the apprentices are developing skills, capabilities and knowledge that are directly relevant to their particular workplace.
  • Learning and assessments are tailored to the work of the organisation and developed in collaboration with the employer. This consequently allows them the opportunity to ensure the course is meeting their business needs.
  • Businesses retain full control over the apprenticeship recruitment and selection process so they can select the most appropriate candidates for their organisations. Furthermore, on completion of apprenticeships, 71% of employees remain with the same employer.


Apprenticeship Levy Explained

With effect from April 2017, the Government are introducing an ‘Apprenticeship Levy’, which will be paid by large employers to build and maintain a skilled workforce that can compete in the global market place.  The levy will increase the current funding and is expected to raise £3 billion annually over the next five years. This will be used to increase the number of people starting apprenticeships by up to 30% by 2020.

These new apprenticeships have been designed with the help of the Trailblazer Initiative, (a group of major employers), who have been working on raising the quality and standards of apprenticeships to ensure they can offer transferable and valuable skills that are beneficial to both the employer and the employee.  This also includes the development of the new degree level programmes.  These new courses will focus on the priorities of both the employers and apprenticeships and will include work based assessments to improve business productivity and the economy overall.

The levy offers an innovative opportunity and approach to recruiting, training and retaining the best employees and graduates in order to benefit your business. Find out the facts to see how your business can either upskill your existing workforce or attract new apprentices to help your business grow.

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We are able to offer expertise and tailored professional apprenticeship programmes across a broad range of areas including: Construction, Engineering, Healthcare, IT and Digital, HR and Administration, Management, Policing, Social Care, Sport and Teaching.

Whatever your size of business, come and speak to us to discuss the possibilities for your organisation. Together we can develop a provision designed and tailored for your business needs.

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