Which? University and the National Apprenticeship Service has published a Complete Guide to Higher and Degree Apprenticeships, covering everything you need to know, from how much students can expect to earn, to the first hand experiences of apprentices and employers.
Introduced by the government in 2015, Degree Apprenticeships offer the chance to gain a degree while earning a competitive salary as an apprentice.
We’ve picked out a few key points from the guide below:
- If you choose a degree apprenticeship, you still get to graduate with your cap and gown, along with several years of work experience under your belt.
- Apprenticeships are designed by employers, meaning you’ll be developing the right skills and knowledge to be a success in your chosen industry.
- There are around 75 different higher and degree apprenticeships covering some 100 job roles, from accounting and advertising to aerospace engineering, with new apprenticeships being developed all the time.
- Apprentices don’t pay tuition fees! Your employer will contribute and the remaining funding comes from the government. This means degree apprentices can graduate debt-free, earning a wage at the same time.
- The current National Minimum Wage for apprentices is £3.30 per hour *, but most employers offer more than this. Businesses looking for top apprentices know that they need to offer a competitive salary.
You can read the full guide here.