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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.
  • 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.

To apply, visit the "Current Staff" section in the 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. 

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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.
  • 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.

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.

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