Our higher and degree apprenticeships are co-designed with employers. We offer apprenticeships in health care, management, engineering and policing.

What are the benefits?

Tailored to meet the needs of your organisation, higher and degree apprentices will help you grow your own talent by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce. As apprentices learn mainly in the workplace, it will maximise the impact on your business.

Higher and degree apprenticeships are tailored to job roles, are flexible and provide opportunities to fill higher and degree level skills gaps within your organisation.

Your apprentices will gain a university level qualification tailored to meet the needs of your organisation. If you wish to deliver training through the apprenticeship system or have any questions about how apprenticeships can work for you our Enterprise and Engagement team would love to hear from you.

Apprenticeships can:

  • add value by bringing new skills and knowledge to your organisation straight away
  • address your current and future skills shortages
  • develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce
  • improve retention by upskilling your workforce
  • keep your organisation up-to-date with the latest techniques and technology while increasing productivity
  • solve recruitment challenges and reduce training costs.

Funding guidance

Apprenticeships are a great option for your business, developing skills, talent and the shape of your future workforce. Our Enterprise and Engagement team can offer advice on how to make the Apprenticeship Levy work for you.

Organisations and businesses with a payroll of over £3m are required by government to pay the Apprenticeship Levy. Money taken through HRMC is put into the Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS) on a monthly basis. Levy-paying organisations also benefit from a 10% monthly top-up from the government, and you have 24 months to spend the funds in your account.

Non-levy payers

If you have a payroll of under £3m, you are not required to pay the Apprenticeship Levy. You will share the cost of training and assessing your apprentices with the government – this is called ‘co-investment’ but the government will cover at least 95% of the course fees. Your share will depend on the size of your business and your apprentices’ circumstances.

Employers with fewer than 50 employees could get up to 100% funding if the apprentice is under 19 or if they are 19 to 24 and have previously been in care or have a local authority Education and Health Care Plan. Additional incentive payments of £1,000 are also available for employers with apprentices that meet either of these criteria.

Read further guidance on the government levy.

Associated partners

Carebridge
The Graham Care Group
The Huntercombe Group
Medway Council
NHS
Pilgrims Hospices
The Royal Naval Benevolent Trust
Strode Park Foundation