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Development fund

The Degree Apprenticeships Development Fund (DADF) provides £8.5 million to support new degree apprenticeships.

It does this by:

  • creating new higher-quality apprenticeships
  • establishing capacity and expertise to deliver them
  • making broader educational opportunities available to learners.

How the funding will be delivered

Phase 1

The first phase of funding for the Development Fund delivered £4.5 million to 18 projects, which included 25 HEIs and 20 FECs. This funding has contributed to the development of new provision to support up to 5,200 new degree apprenticeships from September 2017. See a list of institutions funded in Phase 1.

Phase 2

The second phase of funding has launched and £4 million in funding is available. The deadline to apply for funding has now passed and bids are being assessed. More information to follow. 

Support for the sector

Through the DADF, HEFCE has also delivered funding to sector organisations to support institutions through the delivery of new degree apprenticeships. These are:

  • The University Vocational Awards Council to provide direct support to institutions entering and operating within this landscape
  • Universities UK (UUK) to gather evidence on existing and developing provision across the sector
  • Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) to gather evidence on existing employer demand for DAs.

Read UUK's comprehensive report on degree apprenticeship provision in the HE sector.

Read AGR's comprehensive report on employer demand for Degree Apprenticeships

We will use evidence from UUK and AGR to assess degree apprenticeship provision and demand. This will show any gaps in provision and whether current provision matches employer demand. We expect to publish the results of this work in spring 2017.

Institutions that received funding in Phase 1 of DADF

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 and 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 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


Page last updated 5 July 2017

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