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:

 

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.

Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship

About the course and qualification 

Your apprentice will enrol on a 3 year BSc (Hons) in Digital and Technology Solutions. They will return to the workplace when not at university where you'll provide further vocational learning outcomes in line with the Digital and Technology Solutions Apprenticeship Standard.

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

Costs

£25,000 (80% divided monthly during practical training period and 20% at completion of End Point Assessment).

If your business has an annual pay bill of more than £3 million you can pay the fee from your levy payments in your Digital Apprenticeship Service account. 

See more information on funding and costs.

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).

If your business has an annual pay bill of more than £3 million you can pay the fee from your levy payments in your Digital Apprenticeship Service account. 

See more information on funding and costs.

 

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)

If your business has an annual pay bill of more than £3 million you can pay the fee from your levy payments in your Digital Apprenticeship Service account.

See more information on funding and costs.

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).

See more information on funding and costs.

Advanced Clinical Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship 

Advanced Clinical Practitioners are visible in all walks of life - hospitals, patients' homes, doctors' surgeries and care homes. Successful completion of the programme will allow you to map to the nationally recognised capabilities for advanced clinical practice as set out in the ‘Multi-Professional Framework for Advanced Clinical Practice in England’ (2017).

Developed with our NHS partners, our course offers the flexibility of a work- based curriculum that incorporates both academic study and advancement of clinical practice in the workplace.

Costs

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

See more information on funding and costs.

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

 

Essex Business School

The Essex MBA Degree Apprenticeship aims to develop the managers and aspiring leaders in your business. The course will give your employees the opportunity to significantly improve their interpersonal and functional business skills. Teaching is delivered by our highly respected Essex Business School.

Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship - The Essex MBA

Working with businesses local to Essex and the East of England, the Essex Degree Apprenticeship MBA harnesses the entrepreneurial nature of the region to develop innovative business leaders and pro-active managers for your organisation. 

The Essex MBA Degree Apprenticeship is a work-based learning programme targeted at managers and aspiring leaders where the apprentice's role and their workplace set the context for learning. The course will give your talent the opportunity to significantly improve their interpersonal and functional business skills and make a real contribution in their workplace as they apply their learning.

Your staff's studies are funded by your apprenticeship levy, meaning there are no up-front costs for them. This ensures that you have the opportunity to use your apprenticeship levy to support the professional development of your best talent.

You will need to agree to release your staff for regular teaching sessions over a period of two years. For the rest of the time, they are in work as normal.

Costs

£18,000 in total (80% divided monthly during the practical training period and 20% paid on completion of the End Point Assessment).

See more information on funding and costs.

Find out more about the Essex MBA Degree Apprenticeship.

 

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.

Costs and funding options

If your annual pay bill is less than £3 million

For apprentices starting on or after 1 April 2019, you’ll only have to pay 5% of the course fees as the government will fund 95%.

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 introduced the Apprenticeship Levy in April 2017 to encourage business investment.

Please note: University of Essex is only able to work with Levy Paying Employers at present; however, this is subject to review so please contact us to register your interest.

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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