Higher and degree apprenticeships
Find out more about higher and degree apprenticeships, how to recruit an apprentice, and why you should choose NTU as your training provider.
Designed by industry, for industry - higher and degree apprenticeships address the growing need for a modernised workforce, with current emphasis on digital, technical, engineering and managerial skills.
Higher and degree apprenticeships provide businesses with a number of benefits, including:
- skilled manager-level employees
- cost-effective training through government funding
- higher staff retention with clear career progression
- a positive employer reputation
- knowledge exchange with academic institutions.
How apprenticeships work
An apprentice can be either an existing employee, a recent school or college leaver, or a mature student. There is no upper age limit.
Your apprentice must:
- be at least 16 years old
- meet the qualification criteria required to study the course
- have the right to work in England
- be based at a workplace in England*
- work a minimum 30-hour week**
**An apprentice must spend at least 50% of their working hours in England over the duration of an apprenticeship. If their occupation involves significant travel outside of the UK as part of their job (e.g. travel and tourism), they must have registered work location in England
**If your apprentice is part-time or on a zero hours contract, an extension of the apprenticeship must be agreed between the employer, apprentice and NTU.
Recruiting an apprentice
If you are recruiting a new apprentice, you will need to follow these steps:
- Decide which NTU apprenticeship programme is right for you.
- Check what funding is available.
- Advertise your apprenticeship. We strongly recommend you use the National Apprenticeship Service.
We will also help you advertise your vacancy through the following channels:
- Find an apprenticeship
- NTU website and social media channels.
- Select your apprentice. Before an apprenticeship can begin, two documents must be signed:
- Employer Agreement: signed by the employer and NTU
- Commitment Statement: signed by the employer, NTU and the apprentice.
Apprentices are your employee. An apprenticeship must last at least 12 months, and you should allow apprentices 20% of their working hours for off-the-job training.
Depending on the agreed delivery of the course, training may include:
- online learning
- day release
- block release
- independent study
You should ensure that your apprentice has a workplace mentor. We can provide free mentor training for employers as part of the agreed delivery of the course.
Pay, fees and funding
You must pay your apprentice at least the National Minimum Apprenticeship Wage.
You will also pay the training fees, with funding from the government. This funding is for training only, and cannot be used to pay for wages, accommodation or travel costs
See fees and funding for more information on government funding for apprenticeships.
NTU as your training provider
Apprenticeships fall perfectly into our long-standing reputation for providing vocationally-led courses.
Since 2015, we have provided higher and degree apprenticeship programmes to over 60 employers. Our gold standard teaching, wide range of apprenticeship programmes, and understanding of business needs means we are a training provider of choice.
To help you get the most out of your apprenticeship, we provide:
- apprenticeship programmes tailored to your needs
- help recruiting an apprentice
- free mentor training to help you support your apprentices
- an assigned tutor for your apprentice
- at least two workplace visits during the apprenticeship.
You can find further information on the gov.uk website: