Whether you're an employer looking to upskill your workforce and drive business growth and innovation, or you're an employee interested in gaining a recognised qualification and specialist skills to support your career progression, our apprenticeship programmes will prepare you for a successful future. 

At the University of Derby, we're passionate about providing real world learning opportunities and offer a wide range of apprenticeships in various subjects from Level 2 - 7, in partnership with Buxton and Leek College. We combine academic excellence with practical training and work with leading businesses including Rolls Royce, the NHS and the Institute of Quarrying. 

Our apprentices will not only gain a recognised qualification, but the knowledge and experience to improve business services and make a positive impact in our region. 

A'Outstanding' Ofsted rating for Primary, Secondary and Post-14 Further Education and Skills (Ofsted 2023/24)


Get paid to train for a qualification with our apprenticeship programmes. Whether you’re embarking on a new career or want to progress in your existing role, you’ll divide your time between on-the-job training and academic study.

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Apprenticeships are a great way of embedding new skills and growing talent within your workplace. They combine practical on-the-job training with academic learning that's relevant to your apprentice's specific role.

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The Rolls Royce Nuclear Skills Academy located at the I-Hub in Derby, surrounded by grass fields.

Nuclear Skills Academy

The Nuclear Skills Academy has the funding to provide 200 apprentices each year for at least the next ten years. In partnership with Rolls-Royce, our courses deliver a future-focused nuclear education.

Find out more about the Nuclear Skills AcademyFind out more about the Nuclear Skills Academy

What our partners say


"The ODP Degree Apprenticeship has provided us with a fantastic opportunity to be able to support and develop our current staff.Our Bands 2 to 4 staff now have a career development pathway which enables them to both complete a degree funded through the apprenticeship levy and also to gain Band 5 Registered Professional status as an ODP which opens up many more career opportunities for their future".

— Leanne Stevens, Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Operating Theatre Education Lead

The Institute of Quarrying

"The courses educate candidates in a range of competencies and prepare them for the next step in management progression"

— Representative from Aggregate Industries Europe

National Apprenticeship Week

Every year we celebrate National Apprenticeship Week by inviting high-profile employers onto campus to showcase the varied apprenticeship opportunities that are available in our region. This is a fantastic event for anyone interested in apprenticeships to chat face-to-face with businesses about their employment offer and to hear from current apprentices about their own experiences. Watch our short video from our 2023 event for an exciting glimpse of what's in store. 

National Apprenticeship Week 2023

View National Apprenticeship Week 2023 video transcript

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