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About Degree Apprenticeships

Degree Apprenticeships offer an innovative and cost-effective way of attracting, training and retaining high-calibre employees and graduates to your business.

We work in collaboration with employers to shape customised programmes that meet specific business needs. As such, your needs are addressed as part of the co-design of the Degree Apprenticeships programmes we offer.

When working with you, we are committed to:

  • Developing and delivering all academic elements of the programme, providing an exceptional quality of lecturers, tutors and support staff to deliver content that complies with the Apprenticeship Standard and meets your organisation's skills and knowledge requirements
  • Identifying the delivery models that suit your business needs best, including residential teaching, interactive online study and work-based learning
  • Appointing dedicated Programme Leads and Academic Mentors as well as a Relationship Manager who will be the key contact for any feedback, requests or issues that might arise
  • Ensuring regular apprentice feedback and performance monitoring are fed back into improvements to the programme
  • Providing apprentices with access to the full range of services and supports available to University of Exeter students, ensuring a first-class education and exceptional student experience.

As an employer partner, you have a unique opportunity to shape the development of your next-generation employees, as well as up-skill your current staff, in collaboration with a UK top 10 university.

Degree apprenticeships are funded through the Apprenticeship Levy.

All employers with a pay bill of over £3 million will automatically pay the Apprenticeship Levy of 0.5 per cent 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. 

All employers will need to sign up to the apprenticeship service to access their funds and work with the University to ensure that the apprentice is eligible for funding. 

For full and up-to-date information about how businesses take on apprentices, please check the Government's webpages.

For further information about making your Apprenticeship Levy payments, and how to use them, see the Government's information guide for employers.


Incentive payments:

The government has announced new payments to support businesses who hire apprentices.

Employers will receive £3,000 for new employees of any age who start their apprenticeship from 1 April 2021 to 30 September 2021.

The incentive payment is in addition to the £1,000 employers already receive for hiring an apprentice:

  • aged 16 to 18 years old
  • under 25 with an education, health and care plan or who has been in the care of their local authority

Please view more information here about the incentive payments.

You can view your application for incentive payments here.

Working with BT

"The relationship with Exeter has been fantastic. We know that we can always email or phone the Degree Apprenticeships team and they will respond promptly to support us in overcoming any problems. Our feedback is always listened to which has been really important to us."

Carol Fletcher, Head of Academic and Research Partnerships at BT

Working with Money Supermarket Group

Discover how MoneySupermarket is developing their staff in professional data-related roles. They partnered with the University of Exeter to offer a Degree Apprenticeships as an innovative and cost-effective way of upskilling their workforce. Find out more.

Working with Laing O'Rourke

Degree Apprenticeships have had a really positive impact on the business. You can guarantee the apprentices' day-job activity ties in with the education route and at the end of the programme you have a rounded, very competent person, who is formally educated.

Scott Bell, Apprenticeship+ Programme Manager at Laing O'Rourke