How it works

Whether you're a budding apprentice or an employer of apprentices, you may have questions about how the process works.

We've outlined some of the key aspects of how it works for apprentices and businesses alike. Find out more below...

How it works for apprentices

If you're looking to combine training and skills development with on-the-job experience, a Higher or Degree Apprenticeship may be for you.

So, what do you need to know?

  • You must be employed – this will be for the duration of the Apprenticeship, working for at least 30 hours per week.
  • This means you'll earn while you learn and be paid the National Minimum Wage (£3.50 per hour).
  • The duration of a Higher or Degree Apprenticeship can vary, between one to six years.
  • It won't cost you anything – your employer and the government cover the costs of your training and assessment.
  • You'll be on your way to gaining membership of a professional body through your Apprenticeship.

This method of learning brings workplace training, your programme of study and your full-time job together, at the highest level.

You'll study most of the time in the workplace, but also spend time outside of the workplace with access to our state-of-the-art facilities.

To find out more, including the benefits, view our guide for Apprentices.


How it works for employers

Higher/Degree Apprenticeships offer employers the chance to upskill existing employees or to bring new recruits into the business so it’s important you are prepared for working with an apprentice.

Typically, an apprentice will spend around 80% of their time on the job, with the rest spent learning outside of the workplace – however, delivery may be flexible.

University tutors will work with you to agree the focus of work-based projects, ensuring a direct impact on the business and that employees acquire significant new knowledge and skills.

The cost depends on the course and mode of delivery – we advise you to take a look at our Apprenticeship levy guide to find out the benefits of investing in Apprenticeships and the costs and rewards involved.

Key responsibilities as an employer of apprentices

• You must give your apprentice on-the-job training, including an induction into the role.
• You are responsible for issuing your apprentice’s employment contract and paying their wages, although you may be eligible for extra employer incentives.
• Your apprentice is an employee so must receive the same benefits as other employees.
• You must pay at least the Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage (£3.50 per hour).
• Your apprentice must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week for a minimum of 12 months.
• You must have an Apprenticeship Agreement in place between you (the employer) and the apprentice.

Hiring an apprentice

Although apprentices can only enrol on one of our Higher or Degree Apprenticeships if they are already employed, at the Apprenticeship Hub we can also offer guidance to businesses on employing the right apprentice for the job.

So, are you thinking about hiring an apprentice? Follow our expert tips on how to get started.

1. Get in touch. We’ll work with you to understand your requirements.
2. Need specific skills? We’ll map the right Apprenticeship to your business.
3. We’ll find the right candidates and put them forward for interviews.
4. You conduct final interviews to make sure the candidate is the right fit.
5. Found the perfect candidate for the job? Make an offer.
6. What can you can expect from your new apprentice employee? We’ll provide all the guidance you need.
7. Your apprentice will be assigned a dedicated Skills Coach, who will set up a training and learning plan with you.
8. The Higher/Degree Apprenticeship begins!
9. Remember we’re here to support you at the Apprenticeship Hub throughout the duration of the apprentice’s programme.
10. Your apprentice will receive support from their Skills Coach, who will monitor their performance and carry out regular face-to-face reviews in the workplace.

For more information on funding, benefits and more, take a look at our guide for employers.