Higher and degree level apprenticeships

Higher and degree level apprenticeships

Higher and degree apprenticeships are a partnership between the University and you, the employer. You employ the apprentice, pairing them with experienced staff so they learn relevant skills. We work with you to develop tailored programmes, equipping apprentices with the theoretical and practical knowledge most useful to your organisation.

How do I benefit?

As an employer:

  • access to our apprenticeship experience and subject expertise
  • input into academic programmes, ensuring they are relevant to your organisational needs
  • the opportunity to use apprenticeships to help fill your higher-level skills gaps
  • the chance to employ both new and existing staff as apprentices

As an apprentice:

Apprentices benefit in many ways. They develop up-to-date skills by combining university study with work experience, putting them ahead in the job market. They earn a wage and don’t have to pay tuition fees, so are more likely to graduate without debts.

The apprenticeship levy

Since May 2017, larger employers have been required by the government to contribute to an apprenticeship training levy, with the government topping up funds by 10%.  And, for smaller employers, the government pays up to 100% of apprenticeship training costs. Develop your apprenticeship programme with University of Kent, and you’ll be making the most of your training budget.

Experienced provider

The University of Kent has worked in partnership with leading employers to deliver apprenticeships since 2011.

We have initially worked with global companies such as GSK, Pfizer and AstraZeneca to train their life sciences and chemical science professionals. We are now working with a mixture of SMEs and large companies.

The launch of the Centre for Higher and Degree Apprenticeships in 2016 means we can offer a wider range of apprenticeships to meet employers’ organisational needs.

Get in touch

We can help and advise you every step of the way, from an initial discussion about your needs through to quality assurance and fully managed apprenticeships.

Contact our team to find out more.