Degree Apprenticeships FAQs
Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about degree apprenticeships.
General information about Degree Apprenticeships
What is a higher/degree level apprenticeship?
Higher level apprenticeships are a combination of on-the-job training and studying for a higher level qualification – a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.
There are rules governing what an apprenticeship is. The main ones are:
- the apprentice must be employed in a real job; they may be an existing employee or a new hire
- the apprentice must work towards achieving an approved apprenticeship standard
- the apprenticeship training must last at least 12 months
- the apprentice must spend at least 20 percent of their time on off-the-job training, ie studying.
Employing an apprentice is very simple. The National Apprenticeship Service can provide all the information you need to know in order to employ an apprentice.
What levels of apprenticeships are there?
Who can be an apprentice?
What are the business benefits of a degree apprentice to my organisation?
- UWE Bristol, with its partner FE colleges, can provide apprenticeships that provide clear progression routes from craft/technician level through to professional and postgraduate managerial skills.
- Apprenticeships offer a route to reach talent who could be missed through more traditional recruitment routes.
- Through an apprenticeship you have the ability to mould employees to business needs and fill higher level skills gap.
- Apprentices can put into practise what they have learned in the workplace the next day, and keep the business up-to-date with the latest techniques and technology, increasing your organisations productivity.
- There is government funding available to support the training of apprentices and you and your organisation may be able to access this funding.
- If you are a large employer – with a salary bill of £3,000,000 pa or more, from spring 2017 you will be paying, via HMRC, the employer levy which will be 0.5 percent of your salary bill. If you recruit and employ apprentices, you will be able to recover this levy payment and use it towards the cost of training your apprentices.
How is the apprenticeship delivered?
How long does a degree apprenticeship take?
Do higher and degree apprenticeships lead to professional body registration and membership?
What role do I have as the apprentice’s employer?
What apprenticeships are available?
An apprenticeship is defined through a Standard which states the knowledge, skills, and behaviours the apprentice needs to develop during their programme of study. These Standards are developed by Industry to meet the needs of that sector.
Standards are split into various levels, from level two (GCSE) to level seven (Masters Degree). Download the current GOV.UK approved Standards.
What apprenticeships does UWE Bristol offer?
Below shows the degree apprenticeships we offer and the related degree you will study to achieve it.
Chartered Manager (level 6) – delivered through a degree in BA(Hons) Leadership and Management Practice.
Embedded Systems Engineer (level 7) – delivered through a degree in MSc Digital Systems Engineering.
Chartered Surveyor (level 6) – delivered through a degree in either:
- BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management
- BSc (Hons) Construction Project Management
- BSc (Hons) Building Services Engineering
- BSc (Hons) Real Estate (in partnership with Bridgwater and Taunton College).
Digital and Technology Solutions Professional (level 6) - delivered through a degree in BSc Digital and Technology Solutions Professional (Weston College).
Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development (level 6) - delivered through a degree in BEng (Hons) Electronics and Computer Engineering (in partnership with Gloucester College).
Aerospace Engineer (level 6) – delivered through a degree in BEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering (in partnership with City of Bristol College).
I cannot find a relevant apprenticeship for my organisation, can I develop one?
Funding for apprenticeships
What is the Apprenticeship Levy?
As of April 2017 all UK employers with a payroll of more than £3 million per year will pay a levy of 0.5 percent to support apprenticeships. This will be collected by the Government through PAYE, with the first £15,000 offset.
Employers will be able to ‘spend’ their levy on apprenticeships via a digital account. Those whose payroll is less than £3 million will not pay a levy, but will still have access to funding via a digital account through a ‘co-fund mechanism’, to support their own degree apprenticeships.
How do I calculate the levy payment for my organisation?
What is the digital apprenticeship services (DAS)?
You will be able to access funding for apprenticeships through a new digital apprenticeship service- the DAS. The system will allow you to:
- select an apprenticeship standard
- choose the training provider or providers you want to deliver the training
- choose the organisation that will assess your apprentices
- post apprenticeship vacancies.
If you are an employer who pays the levy, you can also use the digital apprenticeship service to:
- set the price you’ve agreed with your training provider
- pay for apprenticeship training and assessment.
How do I find out more about the levy and funding opportunities?
If you would like to find out about the levy and Degree Apprenticeships, please email the Degree Apprenticeships Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0) 117 32 81043.