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Apprenticeships as professional development for current staff

How 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.

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Key things you need to know

  • Diverse range of apprenticeship occupations available – from level 2 to level 7. Search for apprenticeship standards, and Leadership Apprenticeships Guidance.
  • No training fees - Use University Apprenticeships Levy to pay for Apprenticeship training and assessment, including end-point assessment.
  • No change to salary -  Current staff remain on current pay grade for substantive position.
  • Support with training - guided learning by training providers.
  • No age limit - All ages considered from 16 years and above (current average age of our apprentices is 29).
  • Build your talent pipeline - Introduce new skills to your team.
  • Links to professional registration - where appropriate apprenticeships have been aligned with relevant professional bodies.
  • Terms and conditions of employment 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.Off-the-job training might include training delivered at your place of work, day release, block release or blended learning (see Off-the-job training TOP 5 MYTHS, Off-the-job training FLOWCHART, Apprenticeships off-the-job training factsheet, off-the-job training guidance, policy, and myth busters).

The applicant must:

  • Apply for an apprenticeship where the 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 the 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.  For example, 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.
  • 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.
  • Have a current contract of employment. If a fixed-term contract, the contract end date must be after the expected apprenticeship training completion date.
  • Meet the minimum qualifications required to start the training, as stipulated by the training provider.
  • Complete a Current Staff Professional Apprenticeship Request form.
  • Have commitment from their line manager to ensure that appropriate support is given to enable them to carry out their job and successfully complete their apprenticeship.


Eligibility checks include, but are not limited to, the apprentice:

  • must start their apprenticeship after the last Friday in June of the academic year in which they have their 16th birthday.  Apprentices must be over 16 years old - there is no upper age limit.
  • must not be enrolled on another apprenticeship, or another DfE funded FE/HE programme, at the same time as any new apprenticeship they start.
  • is not in full time education at the time of employment.
  • must spend at least 50% of their working hours in England over the duration of the apprenticeship.
  • lives in and has the right to work in England.
  • should 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.
  • Eligibility for apprenticeship funding will change for some individuals as a consequence of the United Kingdom exiting the European Union. Detailed eligibility rules are set out in the Apprenticeship Funding Rules. We will update these as new arrangements are put in place.

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