Degree apprenticeships let businesses recruit graduates before they start their degree. These higher level qualifications offer many benefits to both employers and apprentices. 

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The benefits of recruiting graduates before they go to college  

Degree apprenticeships benefit businesses by offering employers a valuable new talent route. Apprentices undertake practical on-the-job training. At the same time they study for a full Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.

For apprentices, the benefits are clear. After finishing, 77% of apprentices stay with the same employer, 46% received a pay rise, and 36% reported getting a promotion (ref: GOV.UK)

Degree apprenticeships let businesses take promising candidates to university-level competence. They also build practical experience and foster loyalty to the organisation.

Degree apprenticeship programmes are best planned around critical skills gaps rather than 'nice to haves'. Employers might need some expert help to do this.

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How are degree apprenticeships assessed?

On a degree apprenticeship, students are tested on their academic learning, as well as their wider skills and ability to do a job. 

They can take between three to six years to complete, depending on the course level. Students are assessed either using a fully-integrated degree co-designed by employers and higher education institutions, or using a degree plus a separate end-test of their professional competence.

Key features of degree apprenticeships

  • Degree apprenticeships combine university study and workplace learning to enable apprentices to gain a full bachelor’s or master’s degree.

  • An apprentice has full-time employment status rather than student status, and receives at least an apprentice’s minimum wage.

  • Degree apprenticeships are co-designed by employers ensuring that apprentices have the skills employers need and boost their employment prospects.

"Our goal is for it to become the norm for young people to go into an Apprenticeship or to university or – in the case of some Higher Apprenticeships – do both." Foreword to the Apprenticeships Implementation Plan for England