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Higher and degree apprenticeships guide

Are your students thinking about a hands-on alternative to university? Our guide to apprenticeships explains how they can earn while they learn...

We've teamed up with the National Apprenticeship Service to bring you a free, downloadable guide to higher and degree apprenticeships.

Quick guide to higher and degree apprenticeships

Use these facts with your students to get them thinking about this route - then download our guide below for the full picture.
  • Apprenticeships let you earn and learn simultaneously, from minimum wage up to £300 per week.
  • ​You’ll be a paid employee of your company, with a contract of employment and holiday entitlement.
  • Apprenticeships offer a package of work and study, where you’ll gain qualifications and hands-on experience while you work.
  • Employers including Deloitte, BMW and the BBC take on apprenticeships and opportunities span across sectors, from engineering to law - you might be surprised by what’s on offer.
  • In fact, there are more than 28,000 apprenticeship vacancies available, across more than 1,500 roles.
  • A degree apprenticeship is a relatively new type of apprenticeship, which leads to a full university degree - but without the tuition fees.
  • ​According to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, 90% of apprentices stay employed after completing an apprenticeship.

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    Apprenticeships unwrapped

    Download a copy for the budding apprentices you're advising. Inside you'll find:

    Higher and degree apprenticeships guide
    • What it takes to be an apprentice
    • Subjects, universities and employers involved in higher and degree apprenticeships
    • ​A week in the life of an apprentice
    • Finances - what you can earn and what it costs
    • Long-term career prospects
    • How to apply for a higher or degree apprenticeship.
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