Employers are able to recruit, train and retain high-calibre talent in partnership with the University, thanks to an innovative new degree apprenticeship programme.
The University of Exeter is one of a limited number of institutions listed on the Register of Accredited Training Providers for Degree Apprenticeships.
Develop excellence with the University of Exeter
Degree Apprenticeships offer an innovative and cost-effective way of attracting and retaining high-calibre employees and graduates to your business.
Our innovative Degree Apprenticeship programmes are built to train the next generation of industry-focused graduates. We work in collaboration with employers to shape programmes that meet specific business needs.
As of April 2017 large employers began paying the government’s new Apprenticeship Levy, meaning now is a good time to talk to us about future opportunities.
Recruiting a Degree Apprentice also brings financial benefits, even if your business isn't paying the Apprenticeship Levy
If you are a student considering applying for our Digital and Technology Solutions degree apprenticeship, visit our undergraduate study page
As an employer partner, you will be able to select the best candidates for your business, supporting talented new employees through their studies and making a tangible investment in your business’ future.
Our ability to shape programmes to your needs means academic content can be customised to suit your specific needs. Flexible delivery, through a range of methods including online, work-based and residential learning, allows us to minimise the impact on apprentices’ time at work.
For businesses paying the Apprenticeship Levy, hiring an apprentice provides a way to recoup and reinvest your levy back into your business. Businesses not paying the Apprenticeship Levy are also eligible to receive one-off payments and a 90% contribution towards study costs.
How we work with you
As an employer partner, you have a unique opportunity to shape the development of your next-generation employees, in collaboration with a UK top 10 university.
Our experienced and dedicated team will work with you from initial course development to graduation. We are responsive to your needs and the needs of your business and can offer customised programmes designed specifically for you.
We understand the processes involved in developing degree apprenticeship programmes, and will work closely with you at every stage of the partnership.
The University of Exeter offers a first-class education and will deliver an exceptional student experience to your apprentices.
We will work with you to explore a range of programmes and delivery models, including residential teaching, online learning, and work-based elements.
We are actively seeking to develop Degree Apprenticeship programmes in many areas, including manufacturing, product design, renewable energy and electronics. We are also looking to discuss opportunities in Financial Services, Management and other areas relating to business. The University of Exeter offers a broad range of subjects and we would welcome enquiries to discuss developing programmes in any area.
Opportunities are available to join our existing degree apprenticeship - BSc (hons) Digital and Technology Solutions. This programme, which launched in 2016, is currently recruiting for September 2017. BSc (hons) Digital and Technology Solutions delivers IT training for business and allows employers to select from five specialist IT roles. The programme is delivered through an innovative and flexible combination of blended/ distance learning and on-campus residentials.
From April 2017 apprenticeships will be funded through the Apprenticeship Levy.
In April 2017 all employers with a pay bill of over £3 million will automatically pay the Apprenticeship Levy of 0.5% to the government.
Employers with a pay bill of less than £3 million will not pay the Apprenticeship Levy but are still eligible for government funding to access Higher Level and Degree Apprenticeships.
If you pay the Levy
- You will pay 0.5% of your pay bill by PAYE to your Digital Apprenticeships Service (DAS) account, minus a £15,000 allowance. Your account holds your account information and your levy funds
- Your Apprenticeship funds are held with your pay bill data in your digital account. The Government will add an extra 10% to your digital account on any levy payments that are deposited.
- Money paid into your account must be used within 24 months of deposit, by recruiting an apprentice with a registered training provider.
- The Degree Apprentice begins their apprenticeship: working for you while learning new skills from our excellent education provision.
- Your training provider draws down funds from your account as your Apprentice accesses their degree programme.
- If you want to employ more Apprentices than you hold levy funds for in your account, the government will fund 90% of the extra costs.
If you don't pay the Levy
- Your information will be held in a Digital Apprenticeship Services (DAS) account.
- Once you have identified a training provider and recruited your apprentice, you will pay the training provider 10% of the cost of the training.
- The training provider will claim the other 90% of the training costs from the government on your behalf.
- If your apprentice is 16-18 years old when they start the programme, or is 19 – 24 years old and either a care leaver or has an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP), your business will receive a £1,000 incentive.
- If you have fewer than 50 members of staff and you employ a 16-18 year old apprentice, the government will fully fund the apprenticeship.
Businesses offering Degree Level Apprenticeships can access additional government funding for each apprentice.
For further information about making your Apprenticeship Levy payments, and how to use them, see the government's information guide for employers.
IBM is delighted to add the University of Exeter Degree Apprenticeship to our award winning portfolio of graduate and apprenticeship programmes. The combination of residential and remote learning, allows our degree apprentices to combine university studies with a real role at IBM. We're confident they are learning valuable digital skills and look forward to seeing how much they will achieve.
Charlotte Fisher Morecroft, IBM Degree Apprentice Lead