Apprenticeships for business
A degree apprenticeship combines academic study at university with on-the-job training in the workplace. Degree apprenticeships are a great way to attract and retain talent for your business, boost productivity and up-skill your workforce.
Business and Leadership
Focusing on the development of your staff is a great way to acknowledge their work and ensure the skills and knowledge within your workforce are harnessed and nurtured for the benefit of all and to ensure an even stronger future workforce.
Health and Society
Focusing on the development of your staff is a great way to acknowledge their work and ensure the skills and knowledge within your workforce are harnessed and nurtured.
Construction and Engineering
Degree apprenticeships offer a cost-effective way to up-skill your staff whilst they are still working allowing them to apply their theoretical knowledge from university to the workplace on an ongoing basis
Work with us
Choose us to deliver your apprenticeship programmes, and you'll be joining the likes of HMG Paints, East Suffolk Council, Bardsley Construction, Audas, TMJ Contractors, Flagship Group, Jackson Jackson, William Hare, SDA Consulting, Buckingham Group, Eric Wright, Seddon Construction, Joinery Workshop, Vermont, Russells Construction, Styles and Wood, Robertson, Morgan Sindall, Northwards Housing, AE Yates and the NHS.
To find out more about working with us, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0161 295 3063.
Hear from some of our employers about their experience with degree apprenticeships and what their advice would be to other employers.
We offer undergraduate and postgraduate degree apprenticeship programmes across a range of subject areas, including Business and Management, Construction and Engineering and Health and Public Services. Browse the list below for more details.
Business and Leadership
Construction and Engineering
Health and Society
Programmes in development
We are continually developing our degree apprenticeship programmes. Programmes currently in development include*:
- BSc (Hons) Construction Project Management
- BSc (Hons) Nursing (Registered Nurse)
*All of the programmes listed are subject to academic approval
Register your interest
Nursing Associate/Assistant Practitioner to Registered Nurse Top-up Programme
This programme is for those who have completed the Nursing Associate Foundation programme and are looking to top up to Registered Nurse either via the apprenticeship or self-funded route.
This programme is currently under development and we need to get a rough idea of how many students are likely to be put forward for this route.
Please complete the request for services form below and select the 'Registered Nurse Top Up' from the programme list.
Please be aware of the application deadlines below for each of our intakes. If an application hasn’t been received by this date, consideration will be given for the next available intake. Please be advised this is a deadline for a full application to be made via the apprentice. A request for services form will have to be completed prior to the application form being shared.
These dates allow us sufficient time to draw up and issue the employer evidence pack (contract etc.). Please also be aware that we will need to receive the completed employer evidence pack back prior to the apprentice starting the programme.*
September 2021 – Friday 30th July 2021
January 2022 – Tuesday 30th November 2021
September 2022 – Friday 29th July 2022
* Please note, only specific apprenticeship programmes have all three intakes. Please check your programme information for more details.
How does funding work?
Levy paying organisations
The apprenticeship levy was introduced in April 2017 and now requires all employers operating in the UK, with a pay bill of over £3 million annually, to invest in apprenticeships. Once payments have been declared to HMRC, employers will have access to a digital apprenticeship account from which they can access funding to pay for apprenticeship training.
Through the new Digital Apprenticeship Service, employers are able to choose their training providers, select organisations to assess their apprenticeships and post their apprenticeship vacancies. The Government will top up funding by 10%, meaning that for every £1 that enters the account, employers will have £1.10 to spend on training.
Employers are also able to transfer up to 25% of their levy funds to another employer.
Non-levy paying organisations
The Education and Skills funding Agency (ESFA) who are responsible for apprenticeship funding have moved to a digital system for non-levy employers by which they will be able to make ‘reservations’ for funding for up to three apprenticeship starts. The funding will be reserved for three months after which time this funding will expire and a new reservation will have to be made.
Employers who do not pay the apprenticeship levy will be able to create accounts on the apprenticeship service and begin arranging their own apprenticeships.
Please see the guidance document for more information here.
If you want to learn more about degree apprenticeships, take a look through our frequently asked questions. If you have a question that isn't answered here, please contact us using the enquiry form, email@example.com or 0161 295 3063.
Who pays the apprentice's training costs?
Training costs are covered by levy funds in your digital account. Non-levy payers can receive 95% towards training costs from the Government via the co-investment model. Due to the nature of apprenticeships and how they are funded, apprentices will not be eligible for student finance - this includes tuition fee loans and maintenance loans.
Who recruits the apprentice?
As the employer, you are ultimately responsible for posting degree apprenticeship opportunities and deciding who you want for the position. We are also on hand to help with recruitment, ensuring you get the best person for the position.
Will the apprentice learn skills and knowledge that is relevant to my business?
Yes, you will be able to inform the course by working with us on the programme’s design and delivery.
Who is eligible for a degree apprenticeship?
Anyone over the age of 16 can apply for a degree apprenticeship as long as they meet the relevant entry criteria for the apprenticeship.
What degree apprenticeships are available at the University of Salford?
We currently offer a range of higher and degree apprenticeships in business, construction, engineering, health, leadership and management, and digital technology. Scroll up for more details on the programmes we offer and the courses we're developing. If you want to find out more about developing your workforce, please get in touch with us using the enquiry form below, firstname.lastname@example.org or 0161 295 3063
How much time will the apprentice spend at work and at university?
Apprentices spend 80% of their time in at work and 20% in university. We have a range of course delivery modes including day-release, block delivery and online learning. The mode of study will depend on the programme the apprentice is on.
How long do apprenticeships take to complete?
This is dependent upon the programme but apprentices typically complete their degree within three to five years. Apprentices then have up to 12 months after graduation to complete their end-point assessment.
Who pays the apprentice's wage?
As the employer, you will pay the apprentice’s wage, holiday pay, pension and any other benefits your employees receive. The funding you receive from the government (or the levy payments you choose to use) can only be used to cover training costs, not wages or any other benefits. Apprentices must be an employee on the first day of their apprenticeship.
If you are an employer of apprentices registered with the University and wish to raise a complaint, please refer to the Complaints Policy and Procedure for Employers of Apprentices.
Get In Touch
Due to the impact of Covid-19, we may not be able to take your call immediately. We are working to redirect all calls if the team are not in the office. The best way to get in touch is via our email address so please email us and someone will come back to you.
Telephone: +44 (0)161 295 3063
Alternatively, if you are ready to formalise your request to work with the University of Salford for your apprenticeship training, please complete our request for services form here.