Made for Your Business

Grow your own talent with Higher and Degree Apprenticeships in conjunction with the University of Derby.

Nurturing talent is important, that’s why we’ve utilised our knowledge of business and workforce development to design apprenticeship programmes that combine practical on-the-job training with academic learning.

Our expert approach has been developed meticulously into a range of degree apprenticeships that have been recognised for their excellence.

Helping you to get the most out of a work-based apprenticeship

  • We offer a ‘grow your own’ approach to developing new and high-performing staff in your organisation
  • Our work-based routes into higher education combine practical work-based training with degree-level academic learning
  • We help you to inject new skills, creativity and enterprise into your organisation
  • We’ll assist you to access funding or help utilise your Apprenticeship Levy payments
  • We will deliver Gold-standard teaching to your employees.

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Spending Your Apprenticeship Levy

If your business has an annual payroll of over £3 million you’re probably aware the national Apprenticeship Levy is here – and you’re already paying into the pot.



How can a university of derby higher or degree apprenticeship benefit your business?

We offer a ‘grow your own’ approach to developing staff in your organisation. Whether you’re looking to attract motivated new talent to develop new skills, creativity and enterprise into your organisation, or simply offer existing staff new opportunities to develop and progress their career, a higher or degree apprenticeship delivered by the University of Derby can support the specific needs of your business. We will work closely with you to develop a programme that meets your business needs.

What’s more, a higher or degree apprenticeship is:

  • A cost-effective way to train, develop and upskill a workforce
  • A way to motivate staff and improve job satisfaction
  • A way to improve staff retention rates

How does the University of Derby deliver its education and training programmes?

Our work-based programmes require a combination of on-the-job learning as well as on-campus study at the University of Derby. Apprentices are required to attend on day or block release from their employment. Patterns of attendance will vary depending on the course. There is a 20% mandatory ‘off-the-job’ learning requirement for apprenticeships. Our programmes are specially-designed to help apprentices link academic theory to their employment setting, enabling them to apply their developing skills and knowledge within their job role. Apprentices are encouraged to use real work problems and issues to inform and enhance their knowledge, and provide evidence of this learning for assessment purposes. The University of Derby supports its apprentices with online resources, including readings, podcasts and recordings of lectures and tutorials. Apprentices will also have a personal tutor to review progress and identify further learning opportunities – pushing those who are doing well, and helping those who require additional support. Apprentices will be given work-related activities to undertake, which can be designed in consultation with employers to ensure your organisation receives a real benefit. This type of activity can be scheduled to suit the apprentice, enabling them to learn to manage their time and workload effectively.

What is ‘off-the-job’ training?

‘Off-the-job’ training is defined as the time spent by the apprentice away from the employment setting (or within the employment setting but outside of their usual duties) that directly relates to the apprenticeship framework or standard. Each apprenticeship programme requires a minimum time spent undertaking this type of training, and it can be spread over the duration of the programme.

What counts as ‘off-the-job’-training?

  • Theory teaching, including lectures, role playing, simulation exercises, online learning and manufacturer training
  • Practical training, including shadowing, mentoring and industry visits
  • Learning support (including using online material) and time spent working on assignments

It does not include:

  • Training undertaken in English or maths
  • Progress reviews
  • Apprenticeship framework or standard assessments
  • Any training which takes place outside of the apprentice’s paid working hours

Time spent in ‘off-the-job’ training must be recorded by the apprentice.

How long does a higher or degree apprenticeship take to complete?

The time it takes for an apprentice to complete a higher or degree apprenticeship at the University of Derby varies, and can be affected by a number of factors. Our courses are offered over a minimum number of years, and vary by apprenticeship standard, the type of programme, employer requirements/expectations and the development of the apprentice. Each apprenticeship is tailor-made to employer experience and to meet your entry criteria.

Will the University of Derby provide any support in recruiting and employing apprentices?

Yes. We can help you to identify staff currently in your organisation who could make good apprenticeship candidates, as well as assisting you to recruit suitable apprentices from outside your organisation. We have plenty of ideas to help you attract the right candidates. These may include: school and college visits, university open days, events, recruitment open days and work experience. Contact us for more information.

What is expected of an employer during an apprenticeship?

Employers must provide apprentices with employment in a real position within its organisation, giving them a minimum of 30 hours per week and paying them a wage or salary that meets minimum requirements. Employers must provide on the job training, and release their employee for University-based training in order to meet course requirements.

What paperwork is involved for the employer?

We’ll help you with any paperwork to ensure a smooth process throughout the duration of an apprenticeship. Paperwork you can expect to complete includes:

  • An employer contract
  • Finance schedule
  • ESFA funding eligibility declarations
  • Commitment statements
  • Any other documents relating to your employee in accordance with ESFA funding rules

Our Courses

Chartered Manager

Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship

Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering Degree Apprenticeship

Cyber Security Analyst

Cyber Security Analyst Degree Apprenticeship

Mineral Products Courses

Operations/Departmental Manager Apprenticeship Standard (Level 5)

Postgraduate Automation Engineer Degree Apprenticeship

Postgraduate Engineer Degree Apprenticeship

We are continually updating our Apprenticeship portfolio. Take a look at our courses in development.

Got something in mind? Come and talk to us about how we can meet with the needs of your business.


"We've worked closely with University of Derby Corporate to develop the Assistant Practitioner programme, addressing our specific service needs in Leicester. The speed of development and the quality of the programme content is impressive. Derby's expert team is knowledgeable and forward thinking, but what’s important to me is the personal touch - it's all delivered on a friendly, supportive and thoroughly professional basis."

Christine Wint, Education and Development Lead at Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust

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