What are apprenticeships?
An apprenticeship is a full-time job where an employee undertakes off-the-job training paid for by the employer.
A degree apprenticeship is an apprenticeship where the employee is studying towards an undergraduate or postgraduate degree as part of their apprenticeship.
Tuition fees are paid by the employer using the apprenticeship levy, and apprentices are paid a salary. Learning fits around that work commitment and requires flexible learning modes such as day or block release, distance or blended learning.
In the apprenticeship model, employers select the programme of study and the training provider of their choice to deliver that programme.
How does the OfS support apprenticeships?
The OfS supports the sector to develop and deliver higher and degree apprenticeships, and regulates the quality of this apprenticeships provision.
Our work in this area includes:
- funding institutions to develop degree apprenticeships
- funding the Universities Vocational Awards Council to provide information, guidance and support to institutions interested in providing apprenticeships at levels 6 and 7
- engaging with stakeholders including the Institute for Apprenticeships, the Education and Skills Funding Agency and Ofsted to confirm quality arrangements, address information gaps, and inform policy development.
How can I find an apprenticeship vacancy?
You can find apprenticeship vacancies in a few different places:
Employers often also advertise vacancies through their usual recruitment channels.
See the Government’s guide to the opportunities and benefits of apprenticeships