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Frequently Asked Questions

About Degree Apprenticeships

      Degree Apprenticeships are a high-quality alternative to a traditional university degree.

      The programmes are co-designed by employers and universities, effectively combining work with study to provide the apprentice with the right knowledge, skills and behaviours for a specific job role.

      They can be used to achieve a Level 6 degree or a Level 7 master’s degree.

      Apprenticeship Standards are developed by employer-led groups known as trailblazers and outline the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for a specific job role.

      Standards are managed by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education and details of all available standards can be found on their website.

      Benefits to your company include:

      • address skills gaps

      • attract new talent

      • upskill your workforce

      • increased productivity

      • improve staff retention

      • increased innovation

      Apprentices spend 80% of their time learning on-the job and the remaining 20% training off-the-job studying towards their degree.

      On-the-job learning

      As apprentices are in full-time employment, most of their training takes place in the workplace. The 80% of their time learning on-the-job covers the job specific tasks that the apprentice would complete during their regular working hours.

      Off-the-job training

      Off-the-job training is defined as learning undertaken outside of an apprentice’s normal working environment, this can include training delivered at the apprentice’s normal place of work but must not be delivered as part of their normal working duties. Off-the-job training must equate to a minimum of 20% of the apprentice’s total working hours.

      Studies will usually take place through either day release or block release a week at time spread throughout the year, depending on the programme you choose. Your apprentices’ will also study using our Virtual Learning Environment meaning they can learn from their home, office or further afield at a time that suits them.

      Generally, Level 6 degree apprenticeships last between three and five years and a Level 7 degree apprenticeship lasts two to three years, it varies from programme to programme.

      To be able to offer an apprenticeship the following rules must apply:

      • you must have a genuine job and be able to offer an employment contract long enough for the apprentice to successfully complete their apprenticeship

      • the role must enable the apprentice to gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours set out in the Apprenticeship Standard

      • the apprentice must have appropriate support from within the organisation to carry out their job role

      • a minimum of 20% of their time must be spent training off-the-job

      • the cost of the apprentices’ wage must be met by you

      To apply for an apprenticeship the government require the apprentice to:

      • be at least 16 years old

      • be a UK/EU/EEA/Swiss National resident for at least three years prior to starting the apprenticeship (from August 2021 EU/EEA/Swiss Nationals will no longer be eligible for ESFA funding unless they are covered by the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens' Rights Agreement)

      • have left full time education when the apprenticeship starts

      • have the right to work in the UK

      • have achieved GCSE Mathematics and English at grade 4/C or equivalent

      Each Degree Apprenticeship will also have specific academic entry requirements in terms of the subjects and grades required.

      The Apprenticeship Levy

          The Apprenticeship Levy was introduced by the UK government in April 2017.

          All employers in England with an annual payroll over £3 million will automatically pay the Apprenticeship Levy of 0.5 per cent to the government. This is held in a digital fund, the Apprenticeships Service (AS), for you to use to pay for apprenticeship training. The government adds 10% to each monthly payment – meaning you get back more than you put in.

          Employers with a pay bill of less than £3 million will not pay the Apprenticeship Levy but are still eligible for government funding to access Degree Apprenticeships. The government will fund at least 95% of the training costs with additional incentives if certain criteria are met.

          All employers will have access to the AS whether they have paid the Levy or not and will be able to use it to manage the government funding available to them.

          They can be used to achieve a Level 6 degree or a Level 7 master’s degree.

          For more information see the governments guidance.

              Levy funds will expire after 24 months if they are not spent on apprentice training.

              Whenever a payment is taken from the account, the service automatically uses the funds that entered the account first to minimise the amount of expired funds. The funds expire to encourage Apprenticeship Levy paying employers to invest in high-quality training and assessment and to prevent them from accruing very large balances. However, any unspent Levy funds within each financial year are then used to support existing apprentices to complete their training, pay for apprenticeship training for smaller employers and additional payments to support apprentices.

              As of April 2019, levy-paying employers with unused Apprenticeship Levy funds may transfer up to 25% of their annual funds to any employer.

              For more information see the governments guidance.

                  As part of the Chancellor's 2020 summer statement the government has announced new payments to support employers who hire apprentices.

                  The government will introduce a new payment of £2,000 to employers in England for each new apprentice they hire aged under 25, and a £1,500 payment for each new apprentice they hire aged 25 and over, from 1st August 2020 to 31st January 2021.

                  These payments will be in addition to the existing £1,000 payment the government already provides for new 16-18 year-old apprentices, and those aged under 25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan – where that applies.

                  For more information see the governments paper.

                  Why a Warwick Degree Apprenticeship?

                      The University of Warwick is a world class University with a reputation for excellence in research and teaching and has strong links with business and industry. We have partnered with local, national and international, private and public sector organisations to offer Degree Apprenticeships.

                      We are consistently in the top ten in national league tables and ranked 7th in the most recent Research Excellence Framework giving you the reassurance that by studying at Warwick your apprentices will be working towards degrees of a reliable and guaranteed quality.

                      We provide a challenging, yet supportive environment, with access to some of the latest innovation and thinking.

                      Warwick are renowned for producing graduates with the skills, motivation and potential to succeed in the global workplace, so by choosing us as your training provider, you are making the very most of your levy investment.

                          For an up-to-date list please visit our programmes page .

                          If the apprenticeship you are interested in is not listed, please get in touch to find out more about latest developments at apprenticeships@warwick.ac.uk.

                          All our programmes have the same high academic standards as our traditional degrees, with a high level of technical content and where possible opportunities for professional accreditation. Apprentices will have full access to our state-of-the-art facilities and excellent student support services.

                              Our dedicated Degree Apprenticeships Team are here to support you through every stage of the apprenticeship, from recruitment and selection, to guiding you through your contractual responsibilities and enrolling your apprentices onto the degree programme.

                              We’ll discuss your organisational requirements to ensure that we meet your needs as an employer, in the development of your apprentices to meet the current and future challenges of your business.

                              You will be given a dedicated contact who will continue to support you throughout the duration of the apprenticeship.

                                  Yes, we will help you identify minimum educational or experience requirements and establish whether you’d like to upskill your existing workforce or take on new talent. If your ambition is to recruit new talent into the organisation, then we can ensure that your opportunities reach high-calibre candidates.

                                      Start a conversation with our Degree Apprenticeships Team about working in partnership with Warwick to deliver your Degree Apprenticeships by emailing apprenticeships@warwick.ac.uk.

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                                      “My experience working with Warwick university has been first class to date. Having worked with several universities and experienced various levels of apprenticeship delivery, I would rank Warwick highly.

                                      Apprenticeship Programme Manager, Laing O’Rourke

                                      J.Murphy and Sons Limited logo which is the company name on a green background.

                                      "Warwick University have been a brilliant training provider to work with. They have been on hand right from advertising the apprenticeship vacancies, helping to facilitate with interviews and providing excellent support to our apprentices throughout their course".

                                      Emerging Talent Development Partner, J.Murphy & Sons Limited