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Whether it's a current employee or new recruit, higher and degree apprenticeships offer the opportunity to develop talent within your organisation and shape the future skillset of your employees.

To compete and thrive in the current and future economic climate, organisations need to be underpinned by a skilled and knowledgeable workforce, equipped with the capability and mindset to take on the challenges of tomorrow.

Our extensive undergraduate and postgraduate apprenticeship portfolio provides opportunities for employees to upskill and gain new or further qualifications in a variety of programmes.

By accessing levy payments or government funding, businesses can provide employees with a recognised and relevant qualification, with little extra cost to the organisation. Employers invest in apprenticeships to:

  • Address skill gaps within the workforce
  • Upskill employees to deal with future challenges and drive productivity gains
  • Increase staff motivation and loyalty
  • Provide an attractive offer to recruit high calibre talent
  • Ensure staff meet regulatory standards and are up to date with sector knowledge
  • Enable internal workforce development ahead of costly external recruitment

Learning is based on real workplace activities and live projects to complement day-to-day operations. All assessments are work-based, including student projects, enabling employees to apply and contextualise new knowledge and thinking into the organisation.

Contact our Business and Enterprise team today to explore how we can develop your workforce or complete our online form to register your interest in our apprenticeship programmes. 


What is a Higher or Degree Apprenticeship?

Higher and degree apprenticeships offer the best of both worlds combining university study and workplace learning.

Whether it’s a new recruit or a current employee, organisations can enrol staff onto a higher or degree apprenticeship to gain new knowledge, new skills and new thinking whilst completing an undergraduate or masters degree.

Apprentices are in full-time employment during the programme and graduate with the same qualification as they would if they chose to study the non-apprenticeship route. The difference is, they are dividing their time between the workplace and university study which together enhances the learning experience.  University study fits around the apprentices’ work commitments and can involve flexible learning modes.

Tuition fees are covered by the employer’s apprenticeship levy or may be subsidised by government funding, meaning there is no cost to the apprentice.

If you would like to find out more about higher and degree apprenticeships and how they can impact your organisation contact our Business and Enterprise Team. 

Why Partner with Northumbria University

Northumbria University is a talented, global learning community filled with ambitious, inquisitive people.

Our higher and degree apprenticeships are shaped by world-leading research, and created in consultation with students, employers and professional, statutory and regulatory bodies.

In addition to this we offer more than a learning programme; we develop a partnership. We work with organisations to develop courses that meet the demands of their business.

Building upon the foundation of the apprentices’ existing abilities and experience, our academic qualifications ensure employees are empowered through increased skills, knowledge and self-awareness, so they can take on tomorrow’s challenges.

Our apprenticeships build upon our innovative and work-based approach to learning, by designing a programme that integrates theory with practice.

We use work-based modules to connect the learning to practical experience. Our apprentices think independently, understand and justify their own opinions, and recognise the need to challenge their thinking, and the thinking of others.

We work with organisations to build a workforce development portfolio which meets their needs, objectives and strategy. We also run closed programmes for larger cohorts which allows us to tailor the programmes content to a specific organisation.

If you would like to discuss further about working with Northumbria contact our Business and Enterprise team. 


Tel: 0191 227 3251

Fees and Funding

In April 2017 apprenticeship funding changes were introduced in England.

All employers operating in England, with a salary bill over £3 million per year, automatically contribute to the apprenticeship levy. This applies to all employers, across every industry and includes the public sector.

The apprenticeship levy has been introduced to assist with the government’s pledge to create three million new apprenticeships by 2020.

Apprentices have full-time employment status, rather than student status, therefore they are unable to apply for student finance. Apprentices however, do not pay for training costs or tuition fees as these are covered by the employer.

Funding options are in place for organisations to cover the apprenticeship training and tuition fees, however, the route taken depends on the organisation’s levy or non-levy status.


The Levy Explained. 

If you’re an employer in England with a salary bill over £3 million you’ll pay a 0.5% apprenticeship levy into a Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS).

You can access your organisation’s levy to cover 100% of apprenticeship training and assessment fees over a 24-month period.

If you are a business paying the levy, you will report to HMRC through the PAYE process. Once you have declared the levy to HMRC, you will be able to access funding for apprenticeships through the DAS.

Government applies a 10% top-up to the levy funds. This top-up monthly amount will be paid at the same time the funds enter your apprenticeship service account. That means for every £1 that enters your account to spend in England on apprenticeship training, you receive £1.10 in return.

Funding for Non‑levy Payers:

If you’re a business in England with a salary bill of less than £3 millon you don’t pay a levy, however, you are eligible for a least 95% funding towards apprenticeships.

You can also get an extra £1000, if your apprentice is:

  • Under 19 at the start of their programme.
  • A care leaver aged 18 -24.
  • Has a local authority Education, Health and Care Plan.

If your apprentice falls into one of the above categories, and you have fewer than 50 employees you will receive 100% funding.


To discuss the fees of our apprenticeships or to explore signing an agreement with the university please contact our Business and Enterprise team who will be happy to discuss options further with you.


Tel: 0191 227 3251



How Apprenticeships Work

In partnership with Northumbria University, your organisation will support the learner at work to achieve their apprenticeship. Whilst studying the apprentice will be required to work full-time (for at least 30 hours a week) in your workplace, and will be supported through learning at work, training and study to achieve the requirements of the apprenticeship standard.

During the apprenticeship all assessments are work-based including student projects; they can be based on the context and activity of your organisation, leading to increased organisational understanding and performance by the apprentice whilst ensuring they develop new skills and enhance your productivity and business performance.

In order to complete the programme the learner will have to demonstrate that they have obtained the relevant skills and knowledge required during their workplace training. They will also have to take an end-point assessment in order to achieve their apprenticeship.

Northumbria’s Apprenticeship programme will build upon our innovative and work-based approach to learning, by designing a programme that integrates theory with practice. We will use work-based modules to connect the learning to practical experience.

If you would like to explore further how higher and degree apprenticeships work contact our Business and Enterprise Team.

Tel: 0191 227 3251

The Application and Recruitment Process

The apprenticeship process starts with a simple enquiry from the employer.

From then we will work in collaboration with your organisation to discuss your aims and objectives and design the best workforce development portfolio for your requirements.

We guide both employer and employees through the application and funding processes and will be on hand to assist you during the apprenticeship journey.

Step 1. 

Enquire - Contact our Business and Enterprise team to discuss the development of your workforce.

Step 2. 

Application -  Once your development requirements are identified we will support you throughout the application process, guiding you every step of the way.

Step 3. 

Agreement - Once a formal offer is made to the applicant, we will work with you to complete all required paperwork from contract to enrolment.

Step 4. 

On Programme - We form a partnership with each employer in order to ensure you receive continued support throughout the apprenticeship programme and learning journey.



You will have complete control over whom you choose to support on the apprenticeship programme, assuming the candidates meet the academic entry requirements.

Northumbria can support your recruitment process, for example by arranging interviews and assessment days for applicants. However, we also understand that you may have employees currently working within your organisation with relevant experience and potential and a suitable apprenticeship programme could be a great way of developing and retaining talent. Therefore, we also offer an alternative entry route for people who do not meet the standard qualification requirements, but who have relevant, sufficient work experience.



Contact Us

Contact our Business and Enterprise team today to explore how we can develop your workforce with our apprenticeship portfolio.


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