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Higher and Degree Apprenticeships

We are at the forefront of work-based learning and have established a proven record amongst a range of clientele. Our programmes are a cost-effective, established solution for employers and learners to acquire the latest top-level industry skills and knowledge.

Not only are companies or individuals able to select from a range of exciting, cutting-edge programmes spanning an array of subject areas, we’re also able to offer companies tailored and bespoke closed programmes so the apprenticeship comprises of exactly what you or your business requires, now or in the future.

What are Higher and Degree Apprenticeships?

Higher and degree apprenticeships are an exciting, contemporary approach to work-based learning. They offer the learner the opportunity to obtain a foundation, bachelors or Masters degree through a blend of work and study. An apprentice will spend approximately 80% of their time at work, with a minimum 20% allocated for ‘off the job’ learning. This method allows apprentices to develop within their roles whilst also obtaining transferrable higher-level knowledge and skills.

Higher and degree apprenticeships are available at levels 4 to 7. They combine work with study and may include an university qualification and/or a professional qualification relevant to the industry.

Higher apprenticeships are levels 4 and 5, degree apprenticeships are levels 6 and 7.

Studying a degree apprenticeship

Studying a degree apprenticeship can be a daunting thought and there are many misconceptions which surround them. Our higher and degree apprenticeships offer unrivalled career development, allowing learners to benefit in both their workplace and a university setting. The contact with the University of Sunderland allows apprentices to access world-leading academics, research, facilities and more and transfer skills and knowledge back to their company.

Learners can also benefit from the University’s support network which provides holistic and effective assistance throughout the apprenticeship and beyond.

Benefits of apprenticeships to employers

  • Opportunity to help grow talent
  • Skills development relevant to the organisation
  • Deepened specialist knowledge
  • Improved productivity, quality and delivery
  • Motivate existing staff through higher and degree opportunities
  • Increase retention and save on recruitment costs

Benefits of apprenticeships to employees

  • Earn while you learn
  • Receive higher or degree level certificate/qualification
  • Improve your employability through job role specific experience
  • Access to University study skills support
  • Develop your knowledge and skills from world leaning academics.
  • Receive student discounts

Who pays for the apprenticeship?

Larger organisations can use their apprenticeship levy and government top-up to pay tuition and professional fees of higher or degree apprenticeships. For smaller employers, the government pays 95%, with the remainder co-invested by the business.

For apprentices there are no tuition fees for employees as the costs are covered by contributions made by the government and the employer. This means the apprentice will have no student loans.

Learn more about funding.

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