Degree apprenticeships are here – have your say

The latest addition to the suite of apprenticeships open to employers is now available to Hertfordshire businesses.

As their title suggests, these new degree-apprenticeships offer professional development at a higher level and across a range of occupations.

Each one is developed in partnership with employers – and this consultation is essential if degree apprenticeships are going to boost business productivity and enhance staff retention.

Degree apprenticeships – what are they?

UCAS, the universities’ admissions service, provides a handy definition:

Degree apprenticeships are designed in partnership with employers, with part-time study taking place at a university or college. They are similar to higher apprenticeships but differ in that they provide an opportunity to gain a full bachelors (Level 6) or masters degree (Level 7).

Degree apprenticeships can take between three to six years to complete, depending on the level of qualification. At the moment, the scheme only operates across England and Wales, although applications may be made from all parts of the UK.

Your local provider for degree-level apprenticeships is the University of Hertfordshire. Depending on the level and specific occupational focus of each apprenticeship, this delivery may be in partnership with a local Hertfordshire college.  

Degree apprenticeships can be funded either via an employer’s apprenticeship levy or by access to co-investment funds available to small and medium-sized businesses. For more information visit: 

University of Hertfordshire currently offers two degree apprenticeships:

Chartered Manager: Level 6 

  • Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute
  • Mix of coaching, action and online learning and professional development 
  • Duration: 4 years

Digital and Technology Solutions: Level 6

  • Pathways: cyber security, data analyst, network and software engineering
  • Mix of day and block release, plus work-based learning
  • Duration: flexible 3-5 years

More degree apprenticeships are under development, across a wide range of areas from science and health, to education and engineering. To support this, the University of Hertfordshire is inviting input from local employers, to ensure our programmes meet business and workforce needs. 

Your insights and expectations will be invaluable in bringing these new programmes to life. And your professional opinion is greatly welcomed whether or not you’re in a position to offer an apprenticeship. 

Have your say…

Autumn 2017 consultation dates:

  • Engineering: 21 September, 3 – 5pm 
  • Law (Solicitor): 11 October, 3 – 5pm  
  • Senior Leader (level 7): TBC – November
  • Education (Teacher): TBC November  

Find out more … 

Join one for our Degree Apprenticeship Breakfast Briefings: 

  • 18 October, 9am – 10am
  • 8 November, 9am – 10am 

Venue: University of Hertfordshire - Hatfield

For full details, contact Dr Kate Byford:

+44 (0) 1707 286027