What are they like?
As an apprentice, you are employed full-time and work a minimum of 30 hours per week. This gives you practical on-the-job industry experience. Alongside this you will study a Bachelors or Master’s degree at a partner university. You will graduate from your apprenticeship with academic knowledge and career-optimising practical skills in your industry. Apprenticeships give you practical on-the-job experience, the chance to gain applicable skills and knowledge about an industry, and a real chance to prove yourself to an employer.
How do they work?
The main focus of degree apprenticeships is to develop skills and knowledge specifically for a job and career. The fees from apprenticeships are subsidised by employers and the government whereby a wage is then paid to the individual undertaking the apprenticeship – meaning that doing a degree apprenticeship can leave you debt-free, as opposed to students studying traditional degrees which cost around £9,000 a year plus living expenses.
Can I do a degree apprenticeship?
Primarily, they are aimed at school leavers aged 18-19 as an alternative option to studying for an academic degree. It is now a great option for everyone looking for a fast track into a career of many types, not just the traditional engineering or manual trades route. Plus, everyone, but especially individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, benefit from avoiding a traditional degree’s high tuition fees and are less likely to be put off by the student debt associated with the academic option.
What industries can I do a degree apprenticeship in?
Currently, they are available in many areas, and this number is expanding quickly since the apprenticeship levy has been implemented. Your current options include:
||Aerospace Software Development
|Banking Relationship Manager
||Chartered Legal Executive
|Defence Systems Engineering
||Digital and Technology Solutions
|Electronic Systems Engineering
||Healthcare Assistant Practitioner
|Outside Broadcasting Engineering
||Product Design and Development
||Technical Support Engineering
How much does it cost?
Doing a degree apprenticeship incurs no cost to the individual, just like other apprenticeships, there are no training costs or tuition fees.
Where can I find degree apprenticeship vacancies?
You can find the details of all new vacancies across England on our website. You can search your postcode and preferred industry to find the apprenticeships provided in your area by a range of different employers and training providers. Once registered with www.getmyfirstjob.co.uk you can apply for as many apprenticeship positions as you want with the click of a button. Large employers like BT, Jaguar Land Rover, KPMG and Tesco have their own apprenticeship programmes you can apply for directly with the employer.