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.
Apprenticeships at the University of Exeter
See some of the exciting apprenticeship career opportunities we have at the University of Exeter. Work at the University of Exeter as an apprentice, earn a salary whilst we pay your training costs! Vacancies at our Devon and Cornwall campuses throughout the year - Apply now
How to Apply
- Apply online - On our website or the Government's Find an Apprenticeship website
- Initial assessment and Interview
Process in detail, with tips
1. Apply online
New apprenticeship opportunities are advertised throughout the year on our current vacancies and the Government's Find an Apprenticeship website (add "University of Exeter" in the keywords box). All applications must be 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.
- 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. The application forms will record all education, jobs past and present (can be work experience) and will then give you an opportunity to complete a 'personal statement' in free text.
- Never simply cut and paste your CV in this statements as you will need to address each one of the 'person specification' statements individually, giving you answer in a CAR statement (Context, Actions, Results). When you complete the supporting statement you should give examples of how your qualifications, skills, knowledge, interests and experience match the essential and desirable criteria for the vacancy.
- It is sometimes helpful to add a personal statement at the beginning of the supporting statement section to give a general overview of you and what you can do - just a paragraph. Then give examples of how you meet the essential and desirable criteria starting with the 'essential to role' first, then address how you meet the 'desirable' statements.
- It's really important to ensure that your answers are relevant and to the point as recruiters will have a large number of applications to read and they want to look for how you meet the criteria and grade your answers accordingly.
More tips on completing applications: You can get some great guidance on how to complete your application here.
Your submitted application will be reviewed by the University and our Training Provider to ensure you are eligible for apprenticeship training, meet the entry requirements, and you are suitable for the role. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a University 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. They will also do a qualifications/personal circumstances based interview. The 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 a photocopy (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. Failure to provide evidence of your Right to Work documents may result in a delay to your start date [and your apprenticeship training] should you be successful as you will not be able to start work without us seeing the original documents. We will only keep documents for the successful applicant(s), all other documents will be destroyed.
Evidence of Qualifications - It is essential that you bring to the interview your National Insurance Number and original certificates for Maths, English, ICT (if applicable), or Functional Skills plus a photocopy (if possible in colour), which will be used as proof of eligibility for training and funding through the apprenticeship scheme. You must present this to a member of the interview panel at your interview, even if it is not asked for.
- Prepare for the interview - research about the University, and the job you are applying for.
- Make sure you put the interview day in your calendar, ensure you know how to get to the University, how long it takes to get there and where you can park (if applicable).
On the day
- Dress smartly on the interview day - you don't get a second chance to make a first impression.
- Bring along your original Right to Work and educational certificates, as well as photocopies you can give to the interview panel.
- Be yourself, be as natural as you can be.
- Listen to the questions carefully and answer them honestly.
- You can ask questions at the end of the interview - is there anything else you wanted to know about the job, training or working life at the University?
You can 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.
- 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
For full information on all our staff benefits, see the benefits of working here section on our website.
- Earn a competitive salary, well above the National Minimum Wage, with incremental pay rises each year rewarding your achievement, knowledge and experience. Pay scales.
- Very generous holiday allowance of 39 days!
- Automatic enrolment to our pension scheme (this is a contributory scheme so a deduction will be made from your pay)
- 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 a portfolio of evidence
- Develop transferable skills
- A debt-free start to your career - No training fees
- Access to our fantastic sports facilities
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.
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.
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 linked to the duration of the training (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.
Facts and Figures
The University of Exeter has 38 apprentices (at levels 2 to 6) employed in 12 of our colleges/services, across 3 campuses, 2 counties! We have seen 33 new apprenticeship starts since 1 April 17, which equates to 4.3% of all new starts across the university and is a 230% increase on last year’s apprentice numbers.
Age ranges of our apprentices:
- Mean (Average) = 25
- Median = 21
- Mode = 20
- Age range = currently between 16 and 58 years old. Our apprenticeship are open to anyone over the age of 16.
Our apprentices work in a wide variety of occupations. Recent occupations of apprentices employed at the University are:Advanced Apprenticeship in Leisure Management, Level: 3 (Framework)
- Animal Technologist, Level: 3
- Arboriculture, Level: 3
- Business and Administration, Level: 2, 3 and 4
- Commis chef, Level: 2
- Digital and Technology Solutions Professional, Level: 6
- Domestic Heating, Level: 2 and 3
- Early Years Educator, Level:3
- Exercise and Fitness: Personal Training, Level: 3
- Horticulture, Level: 3
- Hospitality Management, Level: 4
- Laboratory Scientist Level: 5
- Laboratory Technician, Level: 3
- Leisure Operations and Leisure Management: Leisure Management, Level: 3
- Manufacturing Engineering: Mechanical, Level: 3, 4 and 5
- 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
- Animal care and welfare assistant, Level: 2
- Coaching Swimming, Level 2
- Electronic or Electrical Engineering: Level 3
- IT, Software, Web and Telecoms Professionals: level 2 and 3
- Advanced Apprenticeship in the Electrotechnical Industry Electrical Installation, Level: 4
- Data Analyst, Level: 4
- HR consultant/partner, Level 5
- Animal Technologist, Level: 5
- Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship, Level: 6
- Senior Manager (MBA) Apprenticeship, level 7
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?
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 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.
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
- 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
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, events, articles, web, and case-studies).
- Actively support University apprenticeship engagement.
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:
|6/7 Degree||Usually between 4-6 years||BSc, Ba, BEng, CILEx, CFA etc||Bachelor’s degree BSc, BA, Master’s degree, Ma, MSc||GCSEs grade A*-C/9-5 in maths and English (or equivalent), A-levels, and relevant industry qualification at a minimum of Level 3 and proven industry experience|
|4/5 Higher||Minimum of 12 months, typically 24-36 months||HNC/HND||
Level 4: BTEC level 4, HNC
Level 5: HND, BTEC level 5, Diploma of higher education
|GCSEs grade A*-C/9-5 in maths and English (or equivalent) and relevant industry qualification at Level 3 or proven industry experience|
|3 Advanced||Minimum of 12 months, typically 18-24 months||NVQ, BTEC, Certificate or Diploma (QCF)||2 A Level passes||GCSEs grade A*-C/9-5 in maths and English (or equivalent) and relevant industry experience or Traineeship and relevant industry experience and Level 2 related qualification is often required|
|2 Intermediate||Minimum of 12 months, typically 12-18 months||NVQ, BTEC, Certificate and Diploma (QCF)||5 GCSE passes A* to C||GCSEs grade A*-C/9-5 in maths and English (or equivalent) or Traineeship|
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. See our current opportunities:
- View undergraduate (Level 6) courses
- BEng Civil Engineering Site Management
- BSc Digital and Technology Solutions
- BSc Applied Business (Chartered Manager)
- View postgraduate (Level 7) courses
- Senior Leader Masters Degree Apprenticeship (Level 7)
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.
|6/7 Degree||Usually between 4-6 years||BSc, Ba, BEng, CILEx, CFA etc||Bachelor’s degree BSc, BA, Master’s degree, Ma, MSc||GCSEs grade A*-C/9-5 in maths and English (or equivalent), A-levels, and relevant industry qualification at a minimum of Level 3 and proven industry experience|
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.
Find out more
Here are some fact sheets to give you a better idea of what is in it for you:
- A guide to apprenticeships
- A parent’s guide to apprenticeships
- Higher and degree apprenticeships
- Apprenticeship standards: list of occupations available
- National Apprenticeships Service YouTube Channel
- National Careers Service Advice
University of Exeter Specific Guides
- Why Exeter and Benefits
- Business Administration
- Digital Marketing
- HR Support
- Infrastructure Technician
- Laboratory Technician
- Click here for the course details (Cornwall College Group)
- Plumbing and Heating
- Software Development Technician
Guides for Teachers and Advisors