Degree Apprenticeships

How to Apply if you are an Employer

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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

  • Course fees are set on a contract by contract basis
  • For Apprenticeship Levy paying employers (wage bill above £3m) fees can invest their levy payments from their Digital account to pay course fees
  • For non-Apprenticeship Levy Paying employers the government will cover 90% of the cost of course fees.
  • The university will arrange for all contracts, payment schedules, and data reporting to the Government on the behalf of the employer and the employer will be fully supported by the University HR, finance, and administrative services as well as access to the Leadership Hub, Centre for SME development, intern, placement, and knowledge exchange programmes.
  • Employees are guaranteed all the rights and services offered to full time students, including access to an academic advisor, student support services etc.
  • 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.

How UCLan will work with you

  • The course leader will work with you to design the course and assessment plan for your specific needs, choose an end point assessor for the national apprenticeship standard associated with this course, and identify the employees who are eligible to take the course.
  • A dedicated business partner will draw up the standard national contract, commitment statements, payment schedules and any additional incentive payments you are entitled to as well as the paperwork to register your student at the University and on the national apprenticeship scheme.
  • You will have monthly meetings to discuss the progress of your apprentices and you will receive regular reports on their attendance and performance.
  • You will also receive an annual report on your apprentices satisfaction with the course as well as an employer survey to feedback on the performance of the University.
  • Your dedicated business partner will work with you regularly to discuss the performance of the course, identify capability, capacity, and the training and development needs of your company and assess how other services the University offers can help. 


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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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. View our current range of degree apprenticeship programmes.