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Why study an apprenticeship?


What are the benefits of Degree Apprenticeships?

This model has a number of advantages for employers, prospective apprentices, and universities:

  • Employers can attract new talent, particularly high calibre school-leavers, who are keen to earn a degree in a work-based environment. It will allow them to acquire the graduate/postgraduate level skills they need, where the training costs, including the degree, are co-funded by Government
  • The apprentice, like any other apprentice, must be employed and paid a wage throughout, will gain a full degree (bachelor’s or master’s) without incurring student fees or taking on a loan, and gain a head-start into their chosen profession compared with many of their counterparts – a highly attractive offer
  • Universities can strengthen links with local employers and offer more degree programmes that meet employer needs and are accredited by professional bodies, while also having a new product to offer to prospective applicants (possibly from more diverse backgrounds than their full-time intake). 


How do they differ from sandwich degrees and work placements?

These build on the existing models of sandwich degrees (with students spending a year in industry) or work placements (with students doing industry placements in term time or holidays), but are different in several important ways:

  • Degree Apprentices are employed throughout and doing paid work from day one; and indeed employers may view them as a way of recruiting top prospective graduates
  • Degree Apprentices are likely to have greater attachment to their employer and indeed already being employed are much more likely to stay on afterwards. Retention rates for apprentices post-completion typically exceed 80%
  • In cases where a new degree is developed, employers will be able to work with universities to shape the overall degree programme and all aspects of the apprentice’s training.
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Contact us

If you would like to speak to us about studying an apprenticeship at the University of Derby, you can contact us by email or call us on 01332 591600.