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Higher and degree apprenticeships are set to revolutionise the way employers invest in staff – and the way universities deliver learning opportunities.
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Apprenticeships reforms: higher and degree apprenticeships will revolutionise approach to staff development

Higher and degree apprenticeships are set to revolutionise the way employers invest in staff – and the way universities deliver learning opportunities.

With the introduction of the apprenticeship levy from 2017, the quantity and quality of apprenticeships have never been as important.

While the Government’s commitment to creating over 3 million apprenticeships by 2020 is common knowledge, the drive towards increasing the quality of apprenticeships is still taking shape.

Now, gaining a higher level qualification or a degree can be taken as part of an integrated programme at the same time as earning and gaining valuable experience as part of a high quality higher or degree apprenticeship.

Adam Greenwood, Head of Skills Partnerships at the University, said:

As a University, we are embracing the opportunity to provide higher and degree apprenticeship programmes that will boost productivity for employers and create opportunities for young people, and existing staff, to strengthen their skills.

Combining the best of higher education with vocational learning, we are developing a range of higher and degree apprenticeship programmes to meet the specific needs of employers.

The University of Hull is already working closely with a range of employers and partners to create a suite of programmes and invites other organisations to get involved too.

Adam Greenwood, said:

We want to work with businesses to create a relevant and high-impact higher or degree apprenticeship which is focused on business needs.

Higher level skills are critically important to organisations and apprenticeship programmes offer a way to attract new talent and develop staff.

Higher and degree apprenticeships – the benefits

  • Combining the best of higher education with vocational learning: an apprenticeship is a job which also includes substantial on-the-job training
  • Completing the programme gives employees a higher education qualification such as a Higher National Certificate or a degree at foundation, first degree or postgraduate level
  • The content is relevant and built around business needs

How much will it cost?

Cost depends on the programme and eligibility, but

  • The Government will pay £2 for every £1 invested by your organisation – up to a maximum contribution of £18,000 – for most higher and degree apprenticeships
  • Your net contribution for most degree apprenticeship programmes will be £6,300 per apprentice
  • The apprenticeship levy will change how the funding system works from September 2017

How can I find out more?

Come along to our informal lunch event focused on the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship, a route for young people and existing staff to gain a BA (Hons) Business Management and gain Chartered Manager status.

There will be information on the programme, to be offered from September 2016, as well as an overview of the funding arrangements and an opportunity to hear from Hull City Council about why they are already signed up to the programme. The event takes place at Hull University Business School from 12 to 2.30pm on Thursday 5 May, 2016.


To register for the event please visit

For more information on working with us to develop higher and degree apprenticeships please contact Adam Greenwood at

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