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.

How to Apply

  1. Apply online - New apprenticeship opportunities can be found on our current vacancies listings.  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. When you fill out the supporting statement you should give examples of how your qualifications, skills, knowledge, interests and experience match the vacancy. Tip: Read the advert and job description carefully. When writing your supporting statement type it up in a word document first so you can check spelling, punctuation and readability, and ensure you get someone to proof read your application before you submit it.
  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 you are suitable for the role. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an Interview and assessment day.
  3. Initial assessment and Interview - We run a joint assessment and interview day with our training providers. Our Training Provider will conduct Functional Skills assessments to check your English and Maths level of understanding, and a qualifications/personal circumstances based interview. University interview generally comprises 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 any certificates you have. Tip: You can expect to be asked about your motivation for applying for the apprenticeship, your work experience and examples of how you meet the criteria for the role.
    • Right to Work - It is essential that you bring to the interview the original version plus two photocopies (if possible in colour) of one of your Right to Work documents, which will be used as proof of your right to work in the UK. You must give this to a member of the interview panel or another relevant person at your interview, even if it is not asked for.  We will only keep documents for the successful applicant(s), all other documents will be destroyed.
    • Evidence of Qualifications - please bring with you evidence of your original certificates along with 2 photocopies (i.e. GCSE, A-Level, Degree, PhD etc).

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

Job Alerts

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.

Please fill out our online form so we can alert you when the next wave of vacancies are listed online.

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.


In general, if you are aged 16 or over, have the right to work in England and are not in full time education, or are currently employed with us you can apply for an apprenticeship.

You must:

  • be aged 16 or over
  • be able to complete the apprenticeship within the time you have available (for current staff this means your contract end date must be after your apprenticeship training end date)
  • not be enrolled on another apprenticeship, or another DfE funded Further Education (FE) or Higher Education (HE) programme, at the same time as any new apprenticeship you start
  • spend at least 50% of your working hours in England over the duration of the apprenticeship
  • have the right to work in England
  • be either:
    • a citizen of a country within the European Economic Area (EEA) (including other countries determined within the EEA or those with bilateral agreements), or have the right of abode in the UK, and have been ordinarily resident in the EEA (including other countries determined within the EEA or those with bilateral agreements), for at least the previous three years on the first day of learning
    • or a non-EEA citizen with permission from the UK government to live in the UK, (not for educational purposes) and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least the previous three years before the start of learning
  • Earn a competitive salary and paid holiday
  • Excellent progression opportunities
  • Increased future earning potential
  • Gain new knowledge and learn new skills
  • Gain valuable on the job experience whilst in a working environment
  • Develop a greater understanding of the chosen industry/occupation area
  • Gain a recognised qualification
  • Develop transferable skills
  • A debt-free start to your career - No training fees

An Apprenticeship is a job with an accompanying skills development programme designed by employers in the sector. It allows the apprentice to gain technical knowledge and real practical experience, along with functional and personal skills, required for their immediate job and future career.  These are acquired through a mix of learning in the workplace, formal off the job training and the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context.  This broader mix differentiates the Apprenticeship experience from training delivered to meet narrowly focused job needs.

All apprentices commencing their Apprenticeship must have an Apprenticeship Agreement between the employer, training provider and the apprentice.  This can be used to reinforce the understanding of the requirements of the Apprenticeship.

In order to complete the Apprenticeship the apprentice must be able to undertake the full range of duties, in the range of circumstances appropriate to the job, confidently and competently to the standard set by the industry.

Our apprentices have: a contract of employment (12 months minimum); a competitive salary; opportunities to gain knowledge, skills and behaviours to support your development; and support to carry out your role.

Apprenticeships at entry-level, higher, and degree level are open to new and existing staff as an opportunity to learn new skills, and enhance existing skills. 

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 conducting 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.  Guided learning is normally delivered in a blended approach.

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

Recent occupations of apprentices employed at the University are:

  • Animal Technologist, Level: 3
  • Business and Administration, Level: 2 and 3
  • Children & Young People's Workforce: level 2
  • Digital and Technology Solutions Professional, Level: 6
  • Domestic Heating, Level: 2 and 3
  • Electronic or Electrical Engineering: Level 3
  • Horticulture, Level: 2 and 3
  • IT, Software, Web and Telecoms Professionals: level 2 and 3
  • Laboratory Scientist Level: 5
  • Laboratory Technician, Level: 3
  • Manufacturing Engineering: Mechanical, Level: 4
  • Social Media and Digital Marketing: Digital Marketing, Level: 4
  • Team leader/supervisor, Level: 3

On top of the courses above, there may be opportunities in the following occupations:

  • AAT and financial courses
  • Advanced Apprenticeship in the Electrotechnical Industry Electrical Installation, Level: 4
  • Animal care and welfare assistant, Level: 2
  • Animal Technologist, Level: 5
  • Business and Administration, Level: 2, 3 and 4
  • Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship, Level: 6
  • Coaching Swimming, Level 2
  • Data Analyst, Level: 4
  • Diploma for the Early Years Educator, Level 3
  • Horticulture, Level: 2
  • HR consultant/partner, Level 5
  • IT, Software, Web and Telecoms Professionals: level 2 and 3
  • Laboratory Technician, Level: 3
  • Manufacturing Engineering: Mechanical, Level: 4
  • Senior Manager (MBA) Apprenticeship, level 7
  • Team leader/supervisor, Level: 3
  • Trees and Timber (Arboriculture), Level: 3

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.

In a recent survey of our apprentices - % of apprentices satisfied or very satisfied:

  • 100% with the relevance of the training to their career or job
  • 100% with the with their overall apprenticeship experience
  • 90% with the quality of training
  • 90% that their line manager/mentor has supported them throughout their apprenticeship
  • 90% that their apprenticeship has had positive impact on their career

Where will I work?

You will work at one of our campuses in Devon or Cornwall. Our main campuses in Devon are Streatham and St Luke's, and our main campus in Cornwall is Penryn.

Your workplace will differ depending upon the type of apprenticeship you are doing. If you are doing a Laboratory or Engineering apprenticeship you will find yourself working from our state of the art laboratories or mechanical workshops, however, if your apprenticeship role is in Business Administration, Digital Marketing, Finance or HR you will most likely be office based.

We will ensure you have what you need to enable you to do your job safely and properly. You will be issued with any Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required for your role, and if you are office based you will be set up with access to a computer.

When will I work?

The majority (80%) of your time will be spent doing a real job, and any required on-the-job training, at the University. The other 20% of your time you will be conducting, off-the-job, Guided Learning Hours at either our training provider, or through directed learning, online training/activities, projects and self study.

Our employees usually work a 36.5 hour week (7 hours 18 minutes each day) Monday to Friday. Your working day may vary, but a typical working day starts at 09:00, has an hour lunch break between 12:00-14:00, and then finishes around 17:18. Your line manager will discuss working hours with you on your first day so you know what to expect - if you are unsure, just ask them.

As an apprentice you can expect to spend one day each week, or the equivalent of one day per week, with one of our training providers studying for your qualification. This will depend on whether you are studying on an apprenticeship framework or standard.

We are very generous when it comes to holidays and you will be entitled to 39 days (284.7 hours) holiday each year, including: bank holidays, university closure days, and 28 days discretionary leave that you can take when you like (outside of your training term time) following authorisation by your line manager.

What will I do?

You will do real work that directly benefits the department you are working for and the University. There are more details on our fact sheets about the sort of work you will be doing as this varies with each type of apprenticeship.

You will be learning your trade supported by your line manager, your assigned mentor, and our experienced existing staff members. You will be mentored by either your line manager or an experienced colleague who will use their knowledge, skills and connections to help you with your role.

As you progress within your role you will become more independent and will be able take responsibility for solving your own problems and completing more complex tasks.

To support the start of your employment you will complete university and local inductions. Effective induction is an important and a valuable part of ensuring real benefit to you, as a new member of staff and the University. It aims to assist you to perform effectively in your job role and within your work environment as soon as possible. There is a lot to take in during your induction, so take plenty of notes and refer back to the induction webpages for more information. If you are unsure about anything, just ask your line manager or mentor for clarification - the only stupid question is the question you didn't ask!

We support our new staff through a number of online and face to face mandatory training, for example: health and safety, equality and diversity, information security, and prevent duty. You should aim to complete your "Introduction to Health and Safety" on your first day, and all the other online mandatory training within your first week of employment.

Working safely and ethically is paramount and the University operates under highly regulated conditions because of the need to control the quality and safety of our staff, students, and visitors. You will be expected to work both individually and as part of a team, taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work you conduct. You should be proactive in finding solutions to problems and identifying areas for improving our processes, procedures and techniques. Make sure you read the University Health and Safety Policy booklet, and understand your responsibilities, as you will be asked questions on it during your enrolment with your training provider.

You should keep a record of experience/learning log for the duration of your apprenticeship. This will help you collate evidence that you can use towards your qualification. This should contain a variety of evidence, such as reports, emails, pictures and a reflective journal.

What is the training like?

You will spend time in the classroom, workshop or laboratory where your learning will be directly relevant to your qualification and your job.

Unlike school, you will be treated like an adult and will be expected to organise your work and behave accordingly. You will receive an excellent educational experience from our training providers, and will be immersed in real time on the job training at the University of Exeter whilst in your day to day role.

Your apprenticeship training will develop your knowledge, skills, and behaviours against the framework or standard you are working towards. There will most likely also be a project element to your apprenticeship.

How will I be Assessed?

Whilst on day-release with your training provider, you will be supported by your Skills Trainer/Tutors. Whilst at work, your Training Officer will visit you and carry out assessments in a variety of styles: observing you; completing knowledge questions; setting practical tasks. They will also help you build your portfolio of evidence for your qualification.

There may also be a number of reviews throughout your apprenticeship. If you have an accompanying qualification, such as an NVQ or BTEC, you will need to ensure you complete the modules in good time, and have completed all your assignments before the end of your apprenticeship. Your skills tutor and line manager should be able to help you keep track of what you need to do, by when, but you should ensure you keep track of it all yourself.

Depending on your apprenticeship you will work towards professional registration with a professional body. Achievement of this professional qualification will also be a pre-requisite for participation in the formal end assessment. There is a requirement that you will participate in continuing professional development on completion of your apprenticeship

Ahead of your EPA, the training provider will support you in meeting the Standard and then judge whether the you have successfully met the learning outcomes. In considering these factors, the training provider is able to advise the University when you are ready for EPA for the employer to decide.

You must make every effort to have gained the knowledge, skills and behaviour across the Standard, as demonstrated in your Portfolio of Learning and 1- to-1s with your line manger and skills tutor. If you have a project, this must be completed before you are able to be put forward for EPA.

Formal end point assessment (EPA), completed in the final 3 months, will be based on a synoptic assessment test (SAT) and vocational competence discussion in the workplace when the approved assessor will observe you on the job to ensure that you fulfil the specification. You will also complete a scenario case study designed to test understanding of transferrable skills and application of your knowledge.

The assessment plan for each apprenticeship can be found on the government website. This details the knowledge, skills and behaviours that you must reach to pass your apprenticeship.

How will I be treated?

You are an employee first and foremost. You will be treated with dignity and respect, given responsibilities, and in return you will be expected to comply with the standards and expectations of the University set out in our Codes of Conduct and Policies.

We are committed to supporting you work an environment that promotes equality, and is free from discrimination and harassment.

You will work safely, report risks, be punctual, dress appropriately for the work you are doing, and have a positive, can do, attitude.

We take your wellbeing seriously and are continually improving the range of facilities and support available to our employees and students.

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 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.

Key features our degree apprenticeship

  • Combine university study and workplace learning to enable you to gain a full, University of Exeter, bachelor’s or master’s degree
  • Full-time employment status
  • Valuable on-the-job work experience directly related to your chosen profession
  • Paid a competitive salary
  • Equip you with the skills employers need
  • Enhance your future employment prospects
  • Apprentices do not pay for training costs or student fees
  • Workplace mentor
  • Skills tutor support

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: