Interested in an apprenticeship with us?

Degree apprenticeships are a cost-effective way of developing and training your staff, from school leavers through to experienced workers.

Nurture your own home-grown talent and guide their education at a leading university in a way that best suits their ambitions and your business needs.

From April 2017, all large employers have been contributing to the Apprenticeship Levy so it is important to make sure you enjoy the benefits of your investment.

Programmes are employer-led, ensuring they teach skills and knowledge relevant to the modern workplace.

Apprentices are employed by you so they understand the people, equipment and culture of your organisation.

We will work with you to ensure that training is tailored to attract and develop the talented and motivated employees who will boost your productivity and performance.

Benefits for employees

We’ve produced an employer guide to help employers understand what the University can offer.

Earn while you learn and progress in your career. An apprenticeship offers the perfect blend of internationally-recognised qualifications and valuable work experience.

Tuition fees are paid by your employer and the government, and you'll be paid a decent wage throughout your programme – which could mean a debt-free university experience.

Boost your career prospects by learning from industry experts in state-of-the-art higher education facilities while enjoying the security of a full-time job.

Work for an employer who believes so strongly in your potential that they are prepared to invest in your future.

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The University has developed a range of programmes available to employers of all sizes:


  • Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship –  Including a full Batchelor’s Degree. Recruiting now for January 2021.
  • Senior Leader (EMBA) – A Masters level programme including an Executive MBA. Recruiting now for July 2020.
  • Supply Chain Leader – Suitable for professionals in Supply Chain and Logistics, this Apprenticeship includes a BSc Professional Practice in Supply Chain Leadership. Recruiting now for January 2021.


  • Nurse – A route to become a Registered Nurse, including a Nursing Degree through a Degree Apprenticeship programme. Recruiting now for cohorts in 2020.
  • Nurse Associate –  Including a Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care (Nursing Associate), this programme is now recruiting for multiple start dates. Recruiting now for cohorts in 2020.
  • Social Worker - A route to becoming a Registered Social Worker with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). Aligned to the requirements of the HCPC standards of proficiency for Social Workers in England (2017), and includes BA(Hons) Social Work. Recruiting now for September 2020.
  • Operating Department Practitioner – Successful completion gives apprentices eligibility to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for registration to practice as an Operating Department Practitioner. Includes BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practitioner. Recruiting now for September 2020.


  • Postgraduate Engineer - A Masters level programme including a Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering Competence and designed for the Offshore Wind sector. Recruiting now for September 2020.
  • MSc Offshore Wind Energy Engineering Postgraduate Engineer Apprenticeship - A Masters level programme, including a Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering Competence, and designed for the Offshore Wind sector. Recruiting now for September 2020.


The Government is committed to funding a wide range of apprenticeships, including higher and degree level apprenticeships, offering education right up to Masters degree level.

Levy paying organisations

Larger employers have been paying a levy of 0.5% of their payroll bill to create a £3 billion funding pot to use exclusively for apprenticeships.

Employers can draw down the full value of their contribution – plus a 10% top-up donation from the Government - which can be used to pay for apprenticeships through a digital account called the ‘Apprenticeship Service’.

Use it or lose it! Levy funds expire if they are not spent within 2 years. A firm paying a £100k levy per year could recoup the full value with just four degree apprenticeships.

Apprenticeship levy funds can only be spent on apprenticeships and cover the costs of training, assessment and certification. Employers themselves pay the apprentice’s wages.

Non-levy organisations

Non-levy organisations, typically smaller employers, are able to access funding at a 95% funded rate. Larger organisations can also transfer unspent levy to smaller organisations.

From January 2020, all organisations can access the ‘Apprenticeship Service’ to create an account and ‘reserve’ funding for apprenticeship programmes. Employers can have up to three active reservations at any time and must reserve funding in the three months prior to the start of the programme (reservations expire after three months). More details on how to register for the service and find apprenticeship programmes is available here. The Education and Skills Funding Agency have published some useful videos:
How to set up an account and agree to the ESFA 'Employer Agreement'
How to reserve funding, add an apprentice and use the recruitment tool

Additional incentive payments may also be available depending on eligibility.

For more information on programmes and funding available, please contact our Skills and Apprenticeships Service on 01482 466373 or