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Degree apprenticeships: Key dates

Please note the following key dates for degree apprenticeships:

For more information on any of the above, please email degreeapprenticeships@hefce.ac.uk.

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 Skills Funding Agency. 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.

Following the SFA's Provider Readiness assessment exercise, UVAC and SFA will host a provider readiness workshop on 7 April 2017 at Staffordshire University to cover: subcontracting; HESA/ILR returns; performance management; funding and payments; eligibility and key funding rules; intervention and compliance; and the role of the SFA provider management team. 

 

Please email Rebecca Rhodes at r.rhodes@bolton.ac.uk for more information.

Imminent – SFA procurement announcement on which providers are being awarded contracts for delivery to non-levy payers

3rd April – Institute for Apprenticeship launches and, with it, details of the HEFCE/Ofsted quality settlement

6th April – levy goes live

7th April – closing date for second window to apply to the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers

7th April – Provider Readiness Workshop (contact UVAC for details)

4th May – HEFCE Degree Apprenticeship conference

 

For more information on any of the above, please email degreeapprenticeships@hefce.ac.uk.  

Page last updated 3 February 2017