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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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    Find out more, by going to our apprenticeship area. Filled with advice for budding apprentices you're advising.

    Apprenticeships unwrapped

    Inside our guide you'll find:
    • 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.


    What are degree apprenticeships?

    New to degree apprenticeships? Watch (and share) our quick intro below:

    University vs apprenticeship, which is right for your students? 

    Share our quick video with current and former uni and degree apprenticeship students comparing their experiences:

    University or apprenticeship? We compare the two options here...