Degree and higher apprenticeships

High-calibre apprenticeships

Boost your business with Higher and Degree Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships combine on-the-job training and academic study. 

Designed by employers, for employers by Trailblazer Groups apprenticeships are industry-focused and driven.

Apprenticeships offer employers a highly affordable way to invest in new talent, reskill or upskill existing workforce (CPD).

Apprenticeships represent an ideal combination of on-the-job training and academic study, providing higher-level qualifications, including degrees, boosting your business with a skilled and qualified workforce.

Whether you're an employer who needs to develop skilled and qualified employees or a prospective apprentice who wants a head-start in the workplace, we'll guide you through your options.

We currently offer apprenticeships in the following areas:

Discover the benefits of apprenticeships:

 

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.

Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineer Degree Apprenticeship

About the course and qualification

Your apprentice will enrol on a three-year IET-accredited BEng Electronic Engineering degree pathway that includes 28 weeks of teaching each academic year at our Colchester Campus. They will return to the workplace when not at university where you'll provide further vocational learning outcomes in line with the Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineer Degree Apprenticeship Standard.

See our apprenticeship pages for more information on the course modules, course structure, entry requirements and School facilities.

Costs

£27,000 (80% divided monthly during practical training period and 20% at completion of End Point Assessment).

To find out more and to register your interest please contact: apprenticeships@essex.ac.uk

 

Health and Social Care

We ensure our courses are professionally relevant by working closely with a range of health, social care and third party 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.

Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Higher Apprenticeship 

About the course and qualification

Your apprentice will enrol on a FdSc Health Science degree as part of the Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Apprenticeship Standard which has been designed to stretch and challenge your employees to develop both their academic and clinical skills. The length of the whole apprenticeship is 24 months.

There is the opportunity upon successful completion to progress onto our BSc Healthcare Practice or Registered Nursing Degree Apprenticeship (BSc Nursing).

See our apprenticeship pages for more information on the course modules, course structure, entry requirements and School facilities.

Costs

£12,000 (80% divided monthly during the practical training period and 20% paid on completion of the End Point Assessment)

To find out more and to register your interest please contact: apprenticeships@essex.ac.uk


Ofsted rating

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Essex is proud to be one of the first universities in the UK to have its Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Higher Apprenticeship Ofsted inspected and receive a “good” rating.

In their report, the Ofsted inspectors commented that employers valued the skills the apprentices learnt during their course at the University, which led to them becoming skilled and caring practitioners, to the benefit of their patients.

The Ofsted report said almost all the apprentices, many of whom have been out of education for long periods of time, completed their apprenticeship and achieved their qualification. With effective support from university staff, the apprentices also developed the skills they needed for their next steps in their health service careers.

Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship

About the course and qualification

The NMC have changed their professional standards for nursing and as such we are refreshing our curriculum for 2020 entry to meet these standards. This means that for October 2020 entry, this course is subject to NMC approval and University of Essex validation.

Your Apprentice will be able to enrol on either the BSc Nursing (Adult) or BSc Nursing (Mental Health) pathway as part of the Registered Nurse Apprenticeship Standard.

See our apprenticeship pages for more information on the course modules, course structure, entry requirements and School facilities.

Costs

£13,500 in total (80% divided monthly during the practical training period and 20% paid on completion of the End Point Assessment).

To find out more and to register your interest please contact: apprenticeships@essex.ac.uk

Advanced Clinical Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship 

 About the course and qualification

Your employees will be able to study our Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) Degree Apprenticeship at either our Colchester or Southend campus. We’ve carefully planned this apprenticeship to work flexibly around their professional needs and commitments to maximise the benefits to you both.

This apprenticeship is suitable for health care professionals from a range of backgrounds, including nursing and midwifery, as well as allied health professions such as pharmacy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy. Your staff may already be working in an advanced role but require professional qualifications, or you may be looking to develop their skills set to enable progression to an ACP role.

Time away from their normal clinical role to study will need to be given as part of the apprenticeship to fulfil the 20% off the job training hours.

Although ‘Advanced Clinical Practitioner’ is not currently a regulated title, it is expected to be in the near future using the national Multi-Professional Framework for Advanced Clinical Practice as the criteria to be able to register on a data base of ACPs.

The apprenticeship is underpinned by the national framework for advanced clinical practice which means that as well as gaining the MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner qualification, on completion, your employee/s will also be eligible to apply for ACP roles. Depending on the modules chosen they will gain skills in leadership, critical thinking and clinical decision-making, as well as enhanced knowledge of specific areas of specialist clinical practice.

See our apprenticeship pages for more information on the course modules, course structure, entry requirements and School facilities.

Costs

£12,000 in total (80% divided monthly during the practical training period and 20% paid on completion of the End Point Assessment).

To find out more and to register your interest please contact: apprenticeships@essex.ac.uk

Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship

About the course and qualification

Your apprentice will enrol on a Graduate Certificate in Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner as part of the Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship Standard.

The course will be delivered in lectures, small group tutorials and seminars and your apprentice will benefit from clinical simulations in our skills labs where we are able to rehearse telephone based support. Apprentices will be expected to complete guided reading and independent study alongside their role and on-campus study.

The length of the course is 12 months and is delivered from our Colchester Campus.

See our apprenticeship pages for more information on the course modules, course structure, entry requirements and School facilities.

Costs

£7,000 (80% divided monthly during the practical training period and 20% paid on completion of the End Point Assessment).

To find out more and to register your interest please contact: apprenticeships@essex.ac.uk


Apprenticeships currently under development (subject to validation)

The following have an anticipated start date of October 2022:

  • Nursing Associate
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech and Language Therapy

 

Essex Business School

Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship (Level 7)

We are pleased to be delivering the revised Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship Level 7 from October 2021. This apprenticeship runs over 2 years and has a blended learning approach to delivery.

The apprenticeship has been designed for all those responsible for:

  • Setting direction, vision, governance and providing a clear sense of purpose for their area of responsibility.
  • Providing clear and inclusive leadership.
  • Identifying longer-term opportunities and risks using data from internal intelligence sources and external influences.
  • Developing ethical, innovative and supportive cultures that get the best from people and enable the delivery of results.
  • Resources that may include budgets, people, assets and facilities.
  • Staying up to date with innovation and championing its adoption.
  • Keeping pace with and responding to change by leading agile transformation.
  • Leading and promoting sustainable business practices.
  • Responding and managing crisis situations.

To find out more please contact apprenticeships@essex.ac.uk

 
 

The Apprenticeship Levy

What you need to know

  • If your annual pay bill exceeds £3 million, you'll pay 0.5% of your pay bill less a £15,000 annual allowance.
  • 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.
  • 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 Education and 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.

Non-Levy Paying Employers

From January 2020 all employers who do not pay the apprenticeship levy (those who have a pay bill under £3 million) are now able to create accounts on the apprenticeship service and are also able to:   

  • Choose from a range of apprenticeship standards;
  • Choose a provider from the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP) to deliver apprenticeship training;
  • Find an End-Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO);
  • Reserve access to funding for apprenticeship training and assessment;
  • Agree contracts with providers; and
  • Benefit from collaborative relationships by delegating permissions to providers to service their accounts.   
  •  Employers who do not pay the apprenticeship levy are required to reserve funds through the apprenticeship service before an apprenticeship can commence.
  • As a non-levy-employer you will be required to fund 5% of the training fee with the Government funding the remaining 95% of the fee.  

Essex Apprenticeship Levy Transfer

Essex County Council are striving to increase apprenticeships within the county. The Council's new Essex Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Service will allow levy payers to utilise levy to support the apprenticeship training costs for other organisations. This is an online service that allows companies interested in donating apprenticeship levy funds (maximum of 25%), to view details of opportunities created by other organisations looking for funding. Organisations can specify their objectives and based on these are matched with other appropriate organisations. The online system makes the process easy and there is also a dedicated team to support during this process.

Find out more about the Essex Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Service or contact the team directly.

Essex Apprenticeship Levy Transfer logo in blue and yellow
 

Advertise your apprenticeship vacancies

National Apprenticeship Service

All apprenticeship vacancies should be advertised on the Find an Apprenticeship website as those still in education are being encouraged to register and receive updates on newly listed vacancies in the area they are interested in. The service is free and is the official job site for apprenticeships in England managed by the National Apprenticeship Service enabling your vacancy to be viewed and applied for nationally by candidates who register onto the website making it an easy and convenient way to attract and recruit apprentices. You can, of course, continue to advertise your vacancy on your own website.

We can upload your vacancy details for you, should you wish: you just need to provide a Job Description and Personal Specification (we can even assist you with templates should you need them) and, although the decision making process is employer led, we can manage the application process by checking applicants entry criteria and eligibility before you shortlist against your own requirements and invite applicants to interview.

University of Essex CareerHub vacancy board

Careers Services manage the University of Essex CareerHub vacancy board, which is a free service for organisations to advertise opportunities to both our current students and recent graduates. Once details are uploaded vacancies are usually published within 24 working hours.

Please contact the Apprenticeship Team if you have a vacancy you wish to advertise at: apprenticeships@essex.ac.uk and we can discuss options and next steps.

Employer Handbook

Our Higher and Degree Apprenticeship Employer Handbook is a fully comprehensive reference guide which  contains useful links to external websites for further reading.

Our aim is to ensure you are aware of, and understand, the apprenticeship end to end process. It contains information to keep you and your apprentice up to date and fully informed. 

It will also be of benefit to those employers considering appointing an apprentice or upskilling an existing member of staff


Download the handbook (.pdf)
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Subcontracting

The University of Essex only subcontracts the delivery of Functional Skills in English and Maths at level 2 to an external organisation. All other provision is delivered solely by the University. Functional Skills are delivered to apprentices by Adult Community Learning, Essex County Council. Only apprentices who do not have evidence of a GCSE English and/or Maths grade A-C or 4-9 or an equivalent qualification will be required to complete the Functional Skills programme.

Download the subcontracting rationale (.pdf)
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Are you a prospective apprentice looking for a head-start in the workplace?

Kick-start your career with a degree or higher apprenticeship. Earn while you learn and pay no tuition fees.

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Rachel Brown Senior Apprenticeships Manager
Telephone: 01206 873840
Samantha Williams Apprenticeships Officer
Telephone: 01206 872137

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