Degree Apprenticeships: information for employers

Introduction

Launched by the government in March 2015, Degree Apprenticeships offer you the employer the chance to attract emerging talent, or harness the skills of your current workforce by providing an alternative route to traditional university study.

Degree Apprenticeships are the latest model to be developed as part of higher apprenticeship standards, with apprentices achieving a full bachelors or masters degree as a core component of an apprenticeship programme.

Designed by employers for employers,Degree Apprenticeships offer your staff an opportunity like no other: world class business education; work-based learning and ongoing professional development.

Degree Apprenticeships: innovation in work-based learning

Launched by the Government in March 2015, Degree Apprenticeships offer employers the chance to attract emerging talent, or harness the skills of their current workforce by providing an alternative route to traditional university study.

Government rolls out flagship degree apprenticeships

Benefits

  • @ Meet the unique needs of your business – with Degree Apprentices learning at work, they are able to develop the knowledge and occupational competencies demanded by specific job roles, and meet the unique needs of your business.
  • @ Increase your productivity – Degree Apprentices can keep your business up to date with the latest techniques and technology, increasing your productivity for the future.
  • @ Fill your higher-level skills gaps – higher-level skills are vital to business performance and economic growth. Through degree apprenticeships, you can fill your higher-level skills gaps efficiently and effectively by tailoring the learning.
  • @ Develop existing staff – you can develop your existing staff by allowing them to undertake a Degree Apprenticeship or enabling them to work with a Degree Apprentice in the workforce, through mentoring opportunities and more.

Why a degree apprenticeship?

At Plymouth University, we understand some of the difficulties employers have in developing and retaining highly skilled employees and we are excited to be offering the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship which has been designed to offer degree-level work-based learning tailored to meet the needs of your staff and your business.

This course supports you to address higher-level skills gaps in your workforce or to recruit the brightest talent at an earlier opportunity. Plus, there are government backed financial incentives to add to the appeal of Degree Apprenticeships as part of a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme or as a tool to aid recruitment.

Because apprentices are work-based, they are fully employed members of staff. They can be an existing team member or a new recruit, and continue to work and fulfil their role within your business while studying. The knowledge they gain can be directly applied to the workplace and will quickly grow the skillset within your organisation.

Degree Apprenticeships in practice

  • Apprentices study a core set of modules with flexible elements that businesses can choose to meet their ongoing requirements. Your employee is able to work and study giving them the flexibility that they need while still being on the payroll.
  • The Degree Apprentice must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week and will be expected to spend at least 20 per cent (or one day per week) away from their job in training.
  • As the employer, you will be expected to support your apprentice by allowing them sufficient study time and access to resources or work experience they might need to succeed.
  • Apprentices must be paid at least a minimum wage appropriate to their age and job role.

Fees and funding

Funding models

There are two funding models:

  • Fully funded
  • Co-funded

Levy paying employer

If the annual pay bill of your organisation exceeds £3m you will pay for your apprenticeship training through your levy account and is fully funded by you as the employer.  Once you have exceeded the spend on your Levy account you will then move to the co-funded model where you will pay 10% of the cost and the Government will co-fund this by 90%

Non Levy paying employer

If you are a non-levy paying organisation the government will financial co-fund your apprenticeship training by contributing 90% of the costs and you will support this with the remaining 10%.


Additional financial incentives:

  • Government will pay £1,000 to employers, and a further £1,000 to training providers if they train a 16-18 year old apprentice
  • Employers with fewer than 50 employees will have 100% of the training and assessment costs covered when training a 16-18 year old (or 19-24 year old formerly in care or has Local Authority Education, health and Care plan
  • Government will pay £1,000 to employers, and a further £1,000 to training providers if they train a 19-24 year old leaving care or who have a Local Authority Education and Healthcare plan

  • By studying a Degree Apprenticeship, students will obtain a full honours degree, at no cost to the individual
  • Fees are paid by the employer and supported by Government funding (up to 90% of the cost)

BSc (Hons) Professional Management Practice (Chartered Manager): New students 2017/18 - Course fees are paid over two years

  • Total course fees £12,000
  • Government contribution £8,000
  • Employer contribution £4,000
  • Apprentice contribution £0
Course fees are paid over two years, meaning you will be required to contribute £2,000 towards course fees in both years of the course.

BSc (Hons) Digital & Technology Solutions: New students 2017/18 - Course fees are paid over four years

  • Total course fees £27,000
  • Government contribution £18,000
  • Employer contribution £9,000
  • Apprentice contribution £0
Course fees are paid over four years.

Earn and learn

Degree apprenticeships enable us to work even more closely with local businesses to enhance skill levels. They provide students with opportunities to earn and learn, transforming them into rounded graduates fully prepared for the world of work.

Professor Simon Payne, Deputy Vice-Chancellor