Are you wanting to kick start your career and gain highly sought after skills, qualifications and work experience in a Russell Group University?

Look no further, our apprenticeships will give you the skills, confidence and qualifications to join our Higher Education’s next generation of professional teams.

An apprenticeship is a genuine job with training – This is your time to achieve! Our apprentices have: a contract of employment (12 months minimum); a competitive salary; opportunities to gain knowledge, skills and behaviours to support their development; and support to carry out their role.

Apprenticeships at entry-level, higher, and degree level are open to new and existing staff as an opportunity to learn new skills, enhance existing skills, or retrain to follow a new career direction.

Working in partnership with Exeter College and Cornwall College Group, you will typically be working with us for 80% of your time and you will spend 20% of your time on guided learning with our training provider. Your guided learning will vary, depending upon your choice of apprenticeship, and may include: day release; block release; online learning; projects; and work place learning.

As we are a registered training provider, there are also opportunities to apply for our degree apprenticeship courses.

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 4,600 staff and 21,000 students from more than 130 different countries and is amongst the top universities worldwide according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today.

The Russell Group represents 24 leading UK universities committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with business and the public sector.

Russell Group Universities have a huge impact on the social, economic and cultural well-being of their regions, yet also influence and achieve impact on a truly global scale. By virtue of their size and the quality of their research and teaching, Russell Group universities create and catalyse a diverse range of economic activity which has a major impact on the economy of the UK.

There are excellent opportunities for personal and professional development through our learning and development team. This includes locally delivered face to face courses, online training, and access to externally accredited qualifications.

We are a Science Council Employer Champion and corporate affiliates with the Institute of Science and Technology.  As an Employer Champion with the Science Council, the University of Exeter is committed to actively promoting and supporting the professional development and recognition of our scientific staff through professional registration, and provides an environment in which registrants are able to uphold their codes of conduct. We will support your initial membership with a professional body and will help provide an environment where you can build on your Continuous Professional Development (CPD).

We are committed to developing the best talent and investing in building skills for the future. If you have drive, enthusiasm, curiosity and commitment, then an apprenticeship with us will give you valuable hands-on knowledge, experience and a qualification to succeed in your chosen career path.

"The University of Exeter provide numerous opportunities for Apprentices every year. They provide an outstanding commitment to students through offering high quality and well-structured work experience to ensure future Apprentices are ideally suited for the roles they take on. They continually look to develop their Apprenticeship provision and were the first employer to commit fully to the higher Apprenticeship provision with Exeter College. Regardless of scale, the University of Exeter supports each individual every step of the way".

Mike Blakeley, Director of Apprenticeships at Exeter College

Whether in one of our six academic colleges, or many Professional Services, we can offer apprenticeships across multiple trades and professionalisms.  The University of Exeter is an exciting place to be.

If you are training as an Apprentice you will have a full time job with the University of Exeter and will study with one of our training providers one day each week during term time.

During your time studying with our training provider you will be taught by your tutor or skills officer and you will spend the remainder of the week working at the University of Exeter where you will put your new skills into practice.  Whilst at work, your skills officer will visit you and carry out assessment in a variety of styles - observing you, completing knowledge questions and setting practical tasks.

You will be:

  • Self-driven and highly motivated
  • Proactive
  • Logical
  • Diligent
  • Creative
  • Dependable and punctual
  • Well organised

You will have:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Demonstrable problem solving skills and the ability to use your own initiative
  • The ability to work individually, and as part of a team
  • A willingness to learn, and put into practice, new technical skills
  • A positive, can do, attitude
  • A willingness and desire to develop yourself both personally and professionally

If you are about to take your GCSEs, or are considering what to do after your A-levels and you would like a rewarding career, you will find a diverse range of exciting apprenticeship opportunities here at the University of Exeter.

Our early career apprenticeships are aimed at (but not limited to) enthusiastic, motivated and dedicated school/college leavers aged over 16 years old. 

You will gain highly sought after skills, qualifications and work experience in a Russell Group University.

Your apprenticeship training will be delivered with our local training providers. You will also receive an induction to the University and your role, and have access to online training and a wide range of our staff learning and development opportunities.

Apprenticeships will be offered at Intermediate and Advanced levels.  These qualifications carry the following equivalent educational levels:

Name Level Equivalent educational level
Intermediate 2 5 GCSE passes at grades A* to C
Advanced 3 2 A level passes
Higher 4 and 5 Foundation degree and above


You will need 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (Maths and English are mandatory). Requirements may vary depending on your chosen apprenticeship, so please do contact us if you would like to discuss your qualifications and situation in more detail.


New opportunities can be found on our current vacancies listings, along with details of how to apply.

Register your interest

Our early career apprenticeships will be available to apply for soon. Please fill out our simple online form to register your interest.

Want to know more?

The Government has some really useful guides to help you - see below:

  • A guide to Apprenticeships - Find out what it’s like to be an apprentice – the opportunities, benefits and just how far an apprenticeship can take you in the future.
  • Parents guide to Apprenticeships - Information for parents about the benefits of apprenticeships and the opportunities they provide.
  • Resources for teachers and advisers - Resources to help teachers and careers advisers offer information, advice and guidance to young people, about apprenticeships

Our degree apprenticeships are for people aged 18 and over. Typically you will need to have completed A Levels or equivalent to apply.

No tuition fees and a salary throughout your studies means you’ll graduate with zero student debt, putting you in a better position when it comes to enjoying more of your post-uni earnings, starting your own business or buying a home.

Solid industry experience is what employers look for when recruiting. As a Degree Apprentice you’ll be working in an exciting and relevant job from day one of your studies, meaning when the time comes to move on, you’ll be one of the most employable graduates in the technology sector.

See our current opportunities: 


As you learn and develop on our apprenticeship scheme, you will earn a competitive salary, above the National Minimum Wage, with incremental pay rises each year rewarding your achievement, knowledge and experience.  Apprentice salary varies depending on the level and type of apprenticeship.  Our pay scales can be found here.

We also have a very generous holiday allowance of 39 days, automatic enrolment to our employer pension scheme (this is a contributory scheme so a deduction will be made from your pay), support with professional registration, on-site discounts, and access to our fantastic sports facilities. For further information, see the benefits of working here.

There will also be opportunities to develop yourself through our induction, mandatory training, and by undertaking learning and development at the University.

On successful completion of your apprenticeship you will have gained qualifications and, most importantly, an unrivalled experience.

What facilities are there?

University of Exeter

There are plenty of places on campus where you take part lectures, visit our library, work out in our state of the art gyms and sports facilities, find childcare or go to a concert or show after work.
We also boast a wide variety of café, shops, restaurants and bars where you can eat and drink on the Streatham and St Luke's campuses in Exeter and our Penryn campus in Cornwall.

Exeter College

You will have access to a learning resource centre, cafés, and computer suites.

Cornwall College Group

You will have access to a learning resource centre, cafes, computer suites and well-equipped laboratories and teaching spaces.


If you are aged 16 or over, and not in full time education, or are currently employed with us you can apply for an apprenticeship.

Some of our apprenticeships start in September each year, and others have more frequent start dates, however, vacancies are advertised throughout the year so you are able to apply at any time.

New apprenticeship opportunities can be found on our current vacancies listings, along with details of how to apply.  You can also set up job alerts by registering, selecting the “apprenticeships” job category, and clicking on the link to save the search as a job alert.  Keep your eye on our website for the most up to date information.

If you don't see anything you fancy there, please fill out our online form so we can alert you when the next wave of vacancies are listed online.

Recrutiment process

  1. Apply online - Applications are submitted through the University’s online application system.  You’ll need to include details of your education, current and previous employment/work experience, and a supporting statement.
    Please ensure you give examples of how your qualifications, skills, knowledge, interests and experience match the vacancy.
  2. Shortlisting - Your submitted application will be reviewed by the University and our Training Provider to ensure you are eligible for apprenticeship training, that you meet the entry requirements, and check your suitability for employment.  Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an initial assessment with our Training Provider.
  3. Initial Assessment - Our Training Provider will conduct Functional Skills assessments and a qualifications/personal circumstances based interview.  Applicants will be informed of the outcome.  Successful applicants will be invited to a University interview.
  4. Interview - University interview will comprise of a workplace tour, a job related interview to assess your employability, and in some cases a work based test. You will need to bring along your Right to Work documents and certificates.  You can expect to be asked about your motivation for applying for the role, work experience and examples of how you meet the criteria for the role.

Top tips: You can get some great guidance on how to complete your application here.

Follow us: You can also keep up to date with us on Twitter @ExeUniApp.

Meet us at careers events: We attend various careers/recruitment events during the year (including events with our training providers, the National Apprenticeships Show South West, and events during National Apprenticeship Week) so keep an eye on our twitter feed so you can come along and talk to us.

Find out more

Here are some fact sheets to give you a better idea of what is in it for you: