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Apprenticeships as professional development for current staff

Eligibility criteria

The applicant must:

  • Meet the minimum qualifications required to start the training, as stipulated by the training provider.
  • Have a current contract of employment. If a fixed-term contract, the contract end date must be after the apprenticeship training completion date.
    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.
  • Apply for an apprenticeship where your job role, together with the off-the-job training, provides opportunities to cover the full occupational profile and learning all of the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed to achieve your apprenticeship.
  • 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.

Your chosen apprenticeship may be at a higher, the same level as, or at a lower level than, a qualification you already hold. It should allow you to acquire substantive new skills and the content must be materially different from your prior qualification or a previous apprenticeship.

As apprenticeships are aligned with occupations, and not previously gained qualifications, you will need to find the suitable level for the job role you are currently doing. If you have never had any formal leadership and management training then you should consider looking at the levels and comments sections to see which training would best fit your experience and your current role.

It is worth noting that your job role, together with the off-the-job training (from one of our external training providers or the University), must provide opportunities to cover the full occupational profile and learning all of the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed to achieve your apprenticeship. If you apply for a higher/degree level apprenticeship, then you will need to be in a role that will enable you to be able to evidence the work you are doing at that level.

Off-the-job training is defined as "learning which is undertaken outside of the normal day-to-day working environment and leads towards the achievement of an apprenticeship".

The 20% off-the-job training is an essential part of delivering quality training for an apprenticeship and therefore must take place during employed time. The off-the-job training must be directly relevant to the apprenticeship framework or standard and could include the following:

  • The teaching of theory (for example: lectures, role playing, simulation exercises, online/distance learning or manufacturer training)
  • Practical training: shadowing, mentoring, industry visits and attendance at competitions
  • Learning support and time spent writing assessments/assignments
  • Can take place at an employer’s workplace or off-site. It is the activity, rather than the location, that determines whether an activity satisfies the funding rules. It is possible to be undergoing training activities while physically at your normal workstation.

Apprenticeships off-the-job training factsheet

 

To apply, visit the "Current Staff" section in the Staff/Managers’ area. 

 

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.  Note: 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.
  • No changes to your salary - You will remain on the pay grade for your substantive position.
  • On completion of the apprenticeship you will resume your role. 

For further information or advice contact apprenticeships@exeter.ac.uk.

Considerations

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 and assessment, including end-point assessment will be met by the University through our Apprenticeship Levy digital account. Therefor the applicant, or their department/directorate will not need to budget for training and assessment fees for the apprenticeship.
  • Apprenticeships are accessible to all staff aged 16 and over – there is no upper age limit.
  • 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 working hours. Training may be delivered through training one day per week, or block release, depending on the apprenticeship the applicant is studying.

As an apprentice you will be required to:

  • Sign an apprenticeship agreement to confirm arrangements between the apprentice and the employer.
  • Sign a commitment statement that sets out how the employer, provider and apprentice will support the successful achievement of the apprenticeship.
  • Undertake off-the-job training outside of your normal day-to-day working environment towards achievement of your apprenticeship (this can include training delivered at your normal place of work, but is not part of your normal working duties).
  • Complete an learning agreement with your line manager (your expectations of each other in terms of what you will get out of the apprenticeship, how you will practice/implement what you have learnt, what support your manager will provide, etc).
  • Champion Apprenticeships at the University and in your own networks (including media, photographs, attending events, articles, web, and case-studies).
  • Actively support University apprenticeship engagement.

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