What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a genuine job with an accompanying skills development programme.  Through an apprenticeship, apprentices gain the technical  knowledge, practical experience and wider skills they need for their  immediate job and future career.  The apprentice gains this through a mix of learning in the workplace, formal off-the-job training and  the opportunity to practise new skills in a real work environment. 

What is the Apprenticeship Levy?

All employers with a salary bill of £3 million or more per year now pay 0.5% tax on the  overall cost which is known as the Apprenticeship Levy.  This Levy is then  used to fund the training costs of apprenticeships.     

Apprenticeship standards

New apprenticeship standards have been designed by 'employer led' groups  known as  'trailblazers' who have worked together to develop them  ensuring they meet employer needs.  The Standards describe the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to  undertake the role and are approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and will include an end point assessment (EPA).  

Apprenticeship levels

Apprenticeships range from level 2, equivalent to a GCSE, to level 7, equivalent to a masters degree.    

What apprenticeships are available?

For the full range of apprenticeships available nationally please see Apprenticeships Standards list.  Please note that some Training Providers provide accredited qualifications alongside the Apprenticeship. 

Currently the University staff apprenticeships portfolio is detailed below and will continue to grow over the coming months.