University of Essex

Train your apprentices at Essex

Apprenticeships are an ideal combination of on-the-job training and academic study. They provide your apprentices with higher level qualifications, including degrees, and your business with a skilled and qualified workforce. The government also offers funding incentives to employers who offer apprenticeships.


We offer training at two levels:

  • Degree Apprenticeships lead to a BSc, BA or BEng qualification
  • Higher Apprenticeships lead to a foundation degree qualification

We currently offer courses in two areas:

  • Computer science and electronic engineering

    As demand in the UK for high-calibre science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) graduates reaches unprecedented levels, our training offers innovative and cost-effective ways for your business to gain from the benefits of degree-level vocational training. Teaching is delivered by our highly-respected School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering.

    Degree apprenticeship courses

  • Health and human sciences

    We ensure our courses are professionally relevant by working closely with a range of health, social care and third sector agencies, in particular Health Education East of England. We also have several fellows and honorary lecturers who are based in practice environments.

    Our courses degrees meet the requirements of the Specification for Apprenticeship Standards England and the Core Competence and Knowledge Framework for the Assistant Practitioner Higher Apprenticeship Framework.

    Higher apprenticeship courses

Our provision is growing and we aim to offer apprenticeships in more areas. Get in touch to discuss your requirements.

Costs and funding options

If your annual pay bill is less than £3 million

From April 2017, you'll only have to pay 10% of the course fees as the government will fund 90%. You can find individual course fees on the course pages listed above.

The government is making funding available to businesses who take on apprentices. We can help you access this funding (including Skills Funding Agency grants) and any appropriate incentive payments, ensuring that you get the best deal to suit your needs. Contact us to find out more.

If your annual pay bill is more than £3 million

The government wants to see 3 million apprentices in training by 2020 and is introducing the Apprenticeship Levy in April 2017 to encourage business investment.

The Apprenticeship Levy - what you need to know

  1. If your annual pay bill exceeds £3 million, you'll pay 0.5% of your pay bill less a £15,000 annual allowance.
  2. That money, plus a 10% top-up provided by the government, will go into a dedicated account for your company to use to pay for apprentice training - your Digital Apprenticeship Service account.
  3. Money in your account will expire after 24 months if it hasn't been used.

You can get more detail on the Apprenticeship Levy from the Skills Funding Agency. We can help you plan your apprenticeship strategy and how to make the best use of your levy contribution. Contact us to find out more. We can also advise on other grants that may be available, including Skills Funding Agency grants.

Why partner with Essex?

  • We drive innovation and growth by offering tailored support to business.
  • We have close links with industry and a growing business community on our Knowledge Gateway.
  • Our courses are designed to give apprentices the skills that you need.
  • We ensure that both you and your apprentices have an excellent experience throughout the apprenticeship.

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Contact us

Megan Capon

Higher Apprenticeships Support Officer


Phone 01206 874879