Apprenticeships as professional development for current staff

Eligibility criteria

The chosen apprenticeship may be at the same level as, or at a lower level than, a qualification the applicant already holds. It should allow the apprentice to acquire substantive new skills and the content must be materially different from any prior qualification or a previous apprenticeship.

The applicant must:

  • Meet the minimum qualifications required to start the training, as stipulated by the training provider.
  • Have a current contract of employment.
  • Apply for an apprenticeship related to their immediate job and future career.  The job role, together with the off-the-job training, must provide opportunities to cover the full occupational profile and learning all of the skills, knowledge and behaviours required.
  • Complete a professional development application/nomination form.
  • Have commitment from their line manager to ensure that appropriate support is given to enable them to carry out their job role.

The introduction of Higher and Degree Apprenticeships provides a new opportunity for existing staff to enhance existing skills, and develop new skills and knowledge.

  • Gain new knowledge and skills through completion of an apprenticeship.
  • Gain additional qualifications and transferable skills to bolster your CV.  Apprenticeships are not directly linked to promotion, but will help you get qualified in your industry area.
  • Various Higher and Degree level apprenticeship opportunities available through the University and our training providers.
    • Important: You must choose an approved apprenticeship standard/framework which applies in relation to the work to be done (i.e. it is beneficial to your current role and service).
  • Anyone over the age of 16 can do an apprenticeship - There are no upper age limits
  • No changes to your salary - You will remain on the pay grade for your substantive position.
  • No cost to you or your colleges/service - Eligible training costs for the apprenticeship will be met by the apprenticeship levy, not your department/service budget.
  • On completion of the apprenticeship you will resume your role. 

See the "Current Staff" section in the managers’ area for details on the process, application, contractual information and more.

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There must be a genuine job available during the apprenticeship where the role provides the opportunity for the apprentice to gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to achieve their apprenticeship.

  • If the applicant is on a fixed term contract, the contract end date must be after the apprenticeship training completion date.
  • Apprenticeship training costs will be met by the University through our Apprenticeship Levy digital account. There will be no cost to the applicant, or their department/directorate for apprenticeship training.
  • Apprenticeships are accessible to all staff aged 16 and over – there is no upper age limit.
  • The applicant’s salary will remain at the agreed pay rate for their role.
  • Terms and conditions of employment for the applicant will remain the same. However, 20% of the applicant’s time will be allocated to off-the-job training, this must be completed during contracted hours. Training could be delivered through training one day per week, or block release, depending on the apprenticeship the applicant is studying.

Want to know more about what training is available?

  • Higher and degree apprenticeships - Provides information on the opportunities, progression and benefits of doing a higher or degree apprenticeship
  • 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