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The deadline for the DADF Phase 1 has now passed. Bids are currently being assessed and institutions will be informed of the outcomes by the end of July. We aim to launch guidance for Phase 2 in early autumn.

Bidders may be interested to see Nick Boles' statement regarding Government’s continued commitment to the apprenticeship reforms.

What are degree apprenticeships? 

There are currently around 1000 degree apprenticeships. Government has made a pledge to increase the number of apprenticeships starts to 3 million by 2020.  

To support this aim we are helping higher education providers develop and deliver degree apprenticeships. 

A degree apprenticeship is a real job where the employer invests in training and the employee receives a first degree during the course of the apprenticeship. Apprentices work for 30 hours a week. 

Learning fits around that work commitment and requires flexible learning modes like day or block release, distance or blended learning. 

Facts and quick links

Information about degree apprenticeships is still emerging. For now we recommend that universities and colleges interested in them and the employer levy should read:

The levy

To fund the increase in apprenticeships, the Government is introducing an apprenticeship levy from April 2017. 

The levy will amount to a 0.5 per cent tax on the wage bill for employers whose salary costs are £3 million or more each year.  

It should generate approximately £3 billion a year and levied funds can only be spent on an approved apprenticeship. 

Page last updated 5 May 2016