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FAQs for Employers | FAQs for Apprentices



FAQs for employers

      A Degree Apprenticeship is a job with training, working to degree level standards and based on an industry-approved apprenticeship 'standard'.

      The role must be a genuine job you must be able to offer an employment contract long enough for the apprentice to complete their apprenticeship. The role should enable the apprentice to gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours set out in the apprenticeship standard, and apprentices must have appropriate support from within the organisation to carry out their job role. Additionally a minimum of 20% of their time must be spent doing off the job training and you must pay the relevant apprenticeship wage.

        Your apprentices must be able to take 20% of their time for off the job training during their typical working hours. This time might be spent at Warwick, working at their desk on an assignment/project, or participating in a virtual classroom session. You need to provide evidence that this commitment has been met. We will help you achieve this through our apprenticeship monitoring arrangements.

          Currently we are only eligible to work with levy-paying companies (companies with a minimum of a £3m payroll bill pay the levy as part of their PAYE). However we have fantastic relationships with SMEs and, following a change in law, will be able to work with you after April 2019.

            In general if you are over 16 and live in England then you may well be eligible to do a Degree Apprenticeship. Citizens of EEA countries or non-EEA citizens legally resident in the UK for at least the previous three years before the start of the apprenticeship (NOT for educational purposes), may also be eligible. You can check the latest information on the Government webpages.

              Typically, your apprentices spend 80% of their time at work and the other 20% working towards their degree. Studies will usually take place through either day release or block release throughout the year, depending on the course you choose. They’ll also study using our Virtual Learning Environment meaning they can learn from their home, office or further afield at a time that suits them.

                Yes. Whilst you will take the ultimate decision in who you put on our Degree Apprenticeship programmes, we can help you identify minimum educational or experience requirements for your candidates and help you establish whether you’d like to upskill your existing workforce or take on new talent. If your ambition is to uncover new talent then we can ensure that your opportunities reach high-calibre candidates.

                  You can get in touch with us via our enquiry form. The details we ask for will help us in establishing your needs and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible to go through your options and provide you with all in the information you need to get started on your apprenticeship journey.

                      

                      FAQs for Apprentices

                          Degree apprenticeships are a high-quality alternative to a traditional university degree. You’ll spend part of your time studying for a degree and the rest working for an employer, earning a full-time wage and gaining invaluable experience of the workplace. Essentially it’s a full-time job.

                          If you already have a clear idea of the career you want to pursue, and you want to take a practical approach to your studies and then a Degree Apprenticeship might be for you. It isn’t a free degree and you’ll have to balance your work with study and other commitments. However, it could be the opportunity you need to reach your full potential. You’ll take your place at a top-class academic institution whilst gaining all the skills you need to thrive in the workplace.

                            In general if you are over 16 and live in England then you may well be eligible to do a Degree Apprenticeship. Citizens of EEA countries or non-EEA citizens legally resident in the UK for at least the previous three years before the start of the apprenticeship (NOT for educational purposes), may also be eligible. You can check the latest information on the Government webpages.

                              Yes, you’ll be entitled to at least the National Minimum Wage for your age, but many employers pay more. The current minimum wage rate for an apprentice is £3.50 per hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. You can find out more on the Government webpages.

                                Typically, you’ll spend 80% of your time at work and the other 20% working towards your degree. Your studies will usually take place through either day release or block release throughout the year, depending on the course you choose. You’ll also study using our Virtual Learning Environment meaning you can learn from your home, office or further afield at a time that suits you.

                                  Generally your Degree Apprenticeship will take between two and five years. This will vary from course to course.

                                    You must be employed in order to do a degree apprenticeship. If you’re not yet employed for at least 30 hours per week you will need to apply directly to an employer who is offering a degree apprenticeship as part of their training programme. We can help you to find opportunities so please get in touch.