The value of degree apprenticeships
Introduced in 2015, degree apprenticeships are industry-driven qualifications that combine academic knowledge and workplace experience. They help employees to gain the high-level technical skills that businesses need. And they help employers to develop talent in a cost-effective way.
As fully employed staff, apprentices can be new recruits or existing employees. They study while they work, adding value to your business all the time.
Degree apprenticeships are:
- an industry-driven and relevant work-based learning programme
- a cost-effective way to attract, develop and retain a loyal workforce
- funded, in part or in whole, by the UK Government
- an affordable alternative to graduate schemes: 75% of apprentice employers have found their recruitment costs have reduced.*
Degree apprenticeships let you:
- develop your own talent pipelines for roles including software engineers, software developers and software testers
- partner with Anglia Ruskin University, experts in university work-based learning
- give existing staff the chance to become workplace mentors, encouraging wider organisational engagement with and support for apprentices.
Who can benefit
- Large national or multinational companies looking to increase the supply of tech/digital talent.
- SMEs and regional organisations aiming to build a cost effective and sustainable source of tech skills.
- Other employers in the public sector, NHS or financial services who have an emerging need for specialist tech and digital skills.
Source: Employer guide to apprenticeships and traineeships, National Apprenticeship Service, 2015.
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*Populus Research, 2013