About accredited Degree Apprenticeships
Degree apprenticeships are the fastest-growing route to attracting top talent into business. They attract high calibre candidates who gain all the benefits of on-the-job learning and a fee-free Honours degree.
Designed by leading employers, ‘Tech Partnership Degrees’ accredits digital degree apprenticeships to equip degree apprentices to work in a wide range of graduate-level tech roles, including cyber security analyst, data analyst, business analyst, network engineer, software engineer and more.
- In a nutshell: Degree apprentices are full-time employed members of staff who work in your business while studying towards a university-awarded Honours degree
- Duration: 3-5 years, most commonly 4 years
- Candidates: new recruits or existing team members (no age limit)
- Study time: typically, the equivalent of a day per week, either for block or day release study at university or college, or to study online
- Support: employers provide their degree apprentices with study time and access to resources they may need to succeed, such as mentoring support
- Salary: employers are expected to pay an appropriate training salary over the duration of their degree apprentices’ study, with starting salaries currently ranging from £14,000 to £22,500
- Recruitment: through the employer’s own website and recruitment campaigns, supported by the university or college, which in most cases will also advertise vacancies
- Larger employers: companies with an annual payroll of £3m+, and therefore liable to pay the apprenticeship levy from May 2017, will be able to fund up to 100% of a degree apprentice’s tuition costs from their levy contribution
- Smaller employers: SMEs can claim 90% of these costs from the government, leaving them to pay only 10% themselves
- Coverage: degree apprenticeships are currently only available in England, although there are plans to extend to other parts of the UK in the near future