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Benefits of Apprenticeships

96% of employers with apprentices have experienced at least one benefit from taking on apprentices, and most can most can count at least 8 benefits

By taking on a Degree Apprentice, employers can build effective relationships with budding business talent, and educate students on the needs of the industry through expert training.

Degree Apprenticeships come at a minimal cost to employers. The Government funds the majority of apprenticeships through the apprenticeship levy – whereby companies with a staff payroll over £3 million make a contribution of 0.5% of their payroll, paid into their Digital Account.

Additional funding is also available for employers with fewer than 50 employees if the apprentice is 18 years old, a 19-24-year-old care-leaver or is 19-24 years of age and has a Local Authority Education, Health and Care plan. State Aid rules will apply.

86% of employers said that apprentices helped to develop relevant skills for the organisation, and to fill the skills gap.

Taking on an apprentice will allow you to:

  • fill the skills gap
  • improve you company image
  • create a talent pipeline across your organisation
  • improve your productivity
  • raise staff morale
  • reduce staff turnover
  • increase your diversity
  • upskill exisiting staff

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73% of employers say that staff morale is improved by having apprentices.

All levy paying employers can use the funds in their Digital Account to fund apprenticeship training topped up with an additional 10% by the Government. From April 2018, levy paying employers will be able to transfer up to 10% of their digital allowance to another employer, to support local partners or grow their supply chain.

Non-levy paying employers must currently select apprenticeships from Training Providers with an ESFA contract to deliver training to non-levy paying organisations. Paying for apprenticeships through the Digital Apprenticeship Service should be available to non-levy paying organisations at some point during 2018.

Is My Company Eligible?

If the company already runs a training scheme, it does not make them ineligible to take on Degree Apprentices. Instead, such companies can work with Higher Education Institutions to align these with the requirements of the apprenticeship and build the future of their workforce.

For more information on education and skills apprenticeships and estimate my apprenticeship funding.

What Apprenticeship Programmes are Currently Available?

Apprenticeships Evaluation 2017: Employers Research Report

Why Work with Us?

Our courses are co-designed with employers to ensure that apprentice graduates gain the skills they need to thrive in a competitive industry. We provide you with a dedicated team who are able to assist in account management, recruitment support and pastoral care.
The University was recently awarded silver status by the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework, confirming our high-quality teaching and learning standards. We are also ranked in the top ten for academic experience and top 15 for overall student experience by Times Higher Education (Student Experience Survey 2017).
Our teaching and learning standards have been recognised by high-profile bodies. Check out some of our course specific rankings below:

  • 100% Student Satisfaction for Health and Social Care****
  • 1st for Overall Satisfaction in Chemical, Process & Energy Engineering***
  • The University of Chester’s Business School has been shortlisted for the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards Business School of the Year - This shortlisting follows on from success in the Educate North 2018 awards where it was named Business School of the Year.

The National Student Survey 2017***
KIS 2016 Published by HEFCE AND HESA****

Contact Information

Degree Apprenticeships Office