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Apprentices in the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre

Universities and colleges across England have been awarded a total of £4.5 million to develop new degree apprenticeships for students starting in September 2017.

Working in partnership with leading employers, the universities and colleges will offer 5,200 new opportunities for apprentices and their employers in preparation for the introduction of the apprenticeship levy in April 2017. 

Designed by employers, universities and professional bodies, degree apprenticeships deliver high-tech and high level skills and offer an alternative to a traditional degree course. Bringing together university study with paid work, degree apprentices spend part of their time at university and part with their employer.

The eighteen successful projects have been awarded funding from HEFCE in the first round of a two-year programme.

Skills and Apprenticeships Minister Robert Halfon said:

'Apprenticeships work, that’s why we’ve launched degree apprenticeships that give people a real chance to earn while you learn putting you on the fast-track to a top career.

'This multi-million pound fund will allow universities and colleges to work with top employers to design high quality degree apprenticeships that give people a ladder of opportunity, more choice and help shape Britain to become an apprentice nation.'

Almost 70 bids were submitted for the fund, showing the ambition and appetite from the higher education sector to get behind degree apprenticeships.

Madeleine Atkins, HEFCE Chief Executive, said:

‘The development of degree apprenticeships will provide more people with the chance to study in higher education and work at the same time, and in doing so to fulfil their educational and career ambitions. Employers will be able to use their apprenticeship levy funds to access degree apprenticeships from a range of higher education providers, and the fund will support institutions in preparing for the increased demand that will follow the levy’s introduction from April 2017.’

The Government funding has been awarded by HEFCE to projects focused on boosting the number of degree apprenticeships available. It forms a key part of the drive to strengthen the reputation of on-the-job training by raising standards and creating more high-quality opportunities for young people and adults from all backgrounds.

Provisional figures released on 6 October show an increase in the numbers of people starting higher and degree apprenticeships. The provisional figures show that there were more than 27,000 higher and degree apprenticeships started so far in 2015 to 2016 academic year (Note 4). 


1. The Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund was established by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, and continued by the Department for Education. Read more information about the Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund.

2. In addition to these projects, HEFCE provided £178,000 to enable cross-cutting work by the University Vocational Awards Council, Universities UK and the Association of Graduate Recruiters, which will support take-up sector-wide.

3. See the latest provisional figures showing the number of apprenticeship starts and participation in apprenticeships.

4. The successful Higher Education Institutions are: 

Funded Institutions

Degree Apprenticeships with a range of subjects including:

Birmingham City University

Surveying and construction, engineering, chartered management, digital and technology, accounting and business, insurance and risk, financial fraud investigation, radiography/radiotherapy, marketing, and human resource management

Buckinghamshire New University, with Aylesbury College

Early years, learning and teaching, digital and technology, business, legal, accountancy and finance, banking and financial services, project management, and product design and development.

University of Cumbria, with University of Chester, Liverpool John Moores University, University of Wolverhampton, Buckinghamshire New University, University of Central Lancashire, Open University, Staffordshire University, Plymouth University, and London Metropolitan University

Police constables

University of Derby

Site management, digital and technology, cybersecurity, aerospace engineering, chartered management, and nursing

University of Gloucestershire

Cybersecurity, product design and development, internet of things and cyber engineering, and nursing

University of Greenwich, with Mid Kent College

Construction, engineering, digital and technology, biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences, nursing, paramedic science, community sport, logistics, and chartered surveying

Leeds Trinity University, with University of Leeds

Supply chain management, and chartered management with specialisms in healthcare, education, and SMEs

University of Lincoln, with Sheffield Hallam University

Food manufacturing, including technical professional, operations management, and food engineering

Liverpool John Moores University

Building services engineering, construction management, building surveying, real estate management, quantity surveying, engineering, automation and control, engineering, policing, digital and technology, and outside broadcasting

London South Bank University, with College of North East London, Lambeth College, Lewisham and Southwark Colleges, Barnet and Southgate College, and Barking and Dagenham College

Engineering, building services, site management, electrical and electronic, and chartered management

Northumbria University

Site management, construction quantity surveyor, building services, chartered management, and digital and technology including business analyst, data analyst, software engineering, and cybersecurity

Nottingham Trent University

Chartered management and electronic systems design and development

University of Salford

Construction, leadership and management, and control/technical support engineering

University of Sheffield, with Sheffield Hallam University

Maintenance engineering and construction manufacturing

Sheffield Hallam University, with Barnsley College, Sheffield College, Chesterfield College, Rotherham and North Notts Colleges, Dearne Valley College, Doncaster College, and Northern College

Chartered management, digital and technology, construction, quantity surveying, health science practitioner, facilities management, cybersecurity, software engineering, railway engineering, advanced manufacturing, ultrasound, paramedic practice, occupational therapy, and physiotherapy

University of Sunderland

Health care science, nursing, paramedic, cybersecurity, computing, and chartered management

University of the West of England, with Weston College, City of Bristol College, Gloucestershire College, and Bridgwater College

Embedded and wireless systems, quantity surveying, construction, building services engineering, real estate, leadership and management, digital and technology, aerospace and computer engineering, and aerospace

University of Wolverhampton, with Walsall College, City of Wolverhampton College, and Birmingham Metropolitan College

Solicitor, legal executive, aerospace, automotive design, development and manufacturing, digital and technology, chartered management, broadcast production, and nursing associate