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Degree apprenticeships: Key information

Invitation to Tender (ITT)

The new procurement window is now open for funding to deliver degree apprenticeships to non-levy paying employers:

  • End of July: new procurement bids invited
  • Beginning of September 2017: new procurement window closes
  • Early December 2017: new procurement contract awards
  • 1 January 2018: procured deliver starts.

UVAC provider workshop, 16 August, HEFCE's London office

UVAC is hosting a workshop for HEIs who are planning to submit an Invitation to Tender application and have specific questions about the ITT and their application approach.

Find out more information.

Institute for Apprenticeships: Peer Reviewer job opportunity

The Institute for Apprenticeships is seeking applications for the role of Peer Reviewer to join a register of independent, third-party experts who will review apprenticeship standards and assessment plans.

The closing date is 25 August 2017.

Find out more and apply.

Introduction to degree apprenticeships

The Government aims to increase the number of people starting apprenticeships to 3 million by 2020. There are currently around 1000 active degree apprentices. We are working to support the sector to develop and deliver new degree apprenticeships from September 2017.

Our work in this area includes:

  • funding institutions to develop degree apprenticeships
  • funding the Universities Vocational Award Council to provide information, guidance and support to institutions interested in providing degree apprenticeships
  • engaging with relevant stakeholders at a strategic level to confirm quality arrangements, address information gaps, and inform the development of the Institute for Apprenticeships.

What are degree apprenticeships? 

A degree apprenticeship is a job where the employee receives a degree during the course of their work. Apprentices work a minimum of 30 hours a week for their employer. Learning fits around that work commitment and requires flexible learning modes like day or block release, distance or blended learning.

The Government is currently developing the Digital Apprenticeship Service, which will be a digital portal allowing employers, training providers and aspiring apprentices to manage their apprenticeships.

Below, HEFCE’s Head of Skills, Nicola Turner, explains some of the opportunities for both apprentices and employers offered by degree apprenticeships.

How are degree apprenticeships funded?

Apprenticeships are currently funded by both employer contributions and government funding via the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). From May 2017, funding will be generated through the apprenticeship levy.

The levy will be a 0.5 per cent tax on the wage bill of employers whose salary costs are £3 million or more each year. It should generate approximately £3 billion a year which can only be spent on approved apprenticeships. 

Read guidance on how the levy will operate. 

For more information on any of the above, please email

Page last updated 2 August 2017

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