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FAQs for employers

What are Higher and Degree Apprenticeships, and how do they work?

Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes that are designed to help employers develop their workforce for specific job roles. De Montfort University (DMU) are working in partnership with the Education and Skills Funding Agency to deliver Higher and Degree Apprenticeships. This scheme enables apprentices to undertake a nationally recognised university-level, work-based training programme whilst still working.

To start an apprenticeship, your employee needs to have entry qualifications typically at level 3 such as A-levels, advanced level diploma, NVQ level 3 or an Advanced Apprenticeship. Apprentices work between16 and 30 hours a week and learning fits around their work commitments.

A flexible learning mode such as day, block release or blended learning is agreed between DMU, the business and the apprentice. Anyone aged 16 or over, who has finished compulsory education, can apply for a Higher and Degree Apprenticeship through their employer or through searching for apprenticeship opportunities advertised via the website.

Are there set standards for each Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeship Standards are developed by groups of employers known as ‘Trailblazers’. Designed to put employers in the driving seat in terms of specifying the knowledge, skills and behaviours employees need to demonstrate for a specific job role.

These standards are intended to be short and clear, expressed in the right language for employers and employees. A full list of Apprenticeship Standards can be found on the Education and Skills Funding Agency website.

What is the government apprenticeship levy and how much do apprenticeships cost?
For more information and up-to-date guidance please see

Are there any rules around wages or employment contracts?
All Higher and Degree Apprenticeships vary in duration and you will be expected to employ the individual for the full duration of their apprenticeship.

In most cases you will be expected to employ an apprentice for 30 hours a week to allow sufficient time for on the job and off the job training. The employee is entitled to at least the National Minimum Wage.

What support will my organisation receive?
DMU can help your organisation to identify a Higher and Degree Apprenticeship programme to meet the needs of your business. We will also help you to understand the contractual and operational aspects of the apprenticeships system (including funding rules).



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