Degree apprenticeships are an effective way to upskill your existing members of staff and could broaden your talent pool of new recruits if offered as part of the remuneration package.
An apprenticeship is a job with substantial training and the development of transferable skills. Degree apprenticeships are designed to propel learners into the world of work and fill high-level skills gaps by tailoring learning to specific business needs. This to ensure that employees developed the skills, knowledge an behaviours that the businesses need for the global competitive market.
Funding is generated through the apprenticeship levy and allows larger employers to use their contribution to pay for professional training within their organisation.
Participating in the degree apprenticeship initiative demonstrates your commitment as an employer to offer and invest in the continuous professional development of your workforce. It ensures that your employees have the skills they require to evolve and adapt to changes as they occur.
Participation in the scheme can also support talent management and staff retention initiatives as employees have evidence of a clear career path.
If you are an employee and would like to find out more about degree apprenticeships at Kingston University visit degree apprenticeships for employees. Alternatively, you can give the degree apprenticeships team a call on 020 8417 5492.
Kingston University's strong focus on teaching excellence and industry focused learning prepare apprentices to develop the professional competences for enhanced employability and progression. Our collaboration with industry experts has given us the required expertise and experience to develop and deliver degree apprenticeships that combine the academic qualification together with on the job training for developing skills, knowledge and behaviour relevant to occupational profile.
We work closely with trailblazer groups, local businesses and professional bodies for successful delivery of degree apprenticeships as per the approved standards.
Our academic and student support includes personal tutor, academic skills centres and student support services such as advice on money, healthcare and childcare support.
The University has excellent facilities that all studying apprentices have access to. These facilities and resources include state-of-the-art laboratories and workshops, IT suites with industry standard software, modern learning resource centres, and Canvas – our virtual learning digital platform.
The University is located 30 minutes away from central London with excellent public transport links and the University's intersite bus service ensures easy and regular access to all our campuses.
Apprenticeship standards are developed by employer groups known as "trailblazers". The standards describe the occupational profile linked to the knowledge, skills and behaviours that bring full competence in a particular occupation, such as architect, aerospace engineer, project and business manager, civil engineer, building and quantity surveyor, teacher, nursing, cyber security, data scientist etc. They describe how an apprentice can demonstrate mastery of this occupation by the end of the apprenticeship.
A list of standards can be found on the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education (IfATE) website.
In April 2017, the Government introduced the apprenticeship levy to create long term sustainable funding for quality apprenticeships and to give employers more control over the range of apprenticeship opportunities available to their staff.
The levy means there is more money available than ever before for apprenticeship training. It also allows employers to choose which apprenticeships they offer, how many and when. By 2019–20 the funding available for investment in apprenticeships in England will have risen to over £2.5 billion.
Income from the levy is used to fund apprenticeship training for all. The levy is paid by large employers with a pay bill of over £3 million (they pay 0.5% of their total annual pay bill). Smaller employers, those with a total annual pay bill of less than £3 million, will have 95% of the cost of their apprenticeship training funded from Government. They pay just 5% of the cost of their apprenticeship training.
To qualify for a degree apprenticeship an employee is required to be employed in a relevant job for a minimum of 30 hours per week and will need approval from their employer to enrol onto a course.
The duration of individual degree apprenticeship programme is outlined within the approved standards. This includes academic learning to develop underpinning knowledge for development of profession skills and behaviours, known as 20% off-the-job training.
Full details our degree apprenticeship programmes including subject matters covered can be found in a relevant brochure.
It's a great opportunity to choose the perfect course.
Chaimaa Sajid Rahimi, previous Apprenticeship student