FAQs

Is there an age limit for an apprentice?

There is no upper age limit. Higher and Degree Apprenticeships can be offered to anyone aged 18 or above. The training costs for employers may vary for individuals depending on their age but an apprentice does not need to be someone young or someone new to your organisation.

Who is eligible to be an apprentice?

Apprentices must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours every week. Degree apprenticeships can be used to recruit new staff to your business or to upskill existing staff. Apprentices must also have the right to live and work in the UK.

How is the apprenticeship programme delivered?

A degree apprenticeship combines University academic study with on-the-job training. Delivery at the University is flexible and can be worked around your commitments with options including day sessions, block delivery and online training.

How long will the apprenticeship last?

Apprenticeships must last for at least a year. They can last up to 5 years depending on the level the apprentice is studying.

What is an apprenticeship agreement and why do I need one?

It is a mandatory requirement that all apprentices have an apprenticeship agreement. The apprenticeship agreement is a three-way partnership which sets out the responsibilities between you, the training provider and the apprentice.

What are apprenticeship standards, and who is responsible for creating them?

Apprenticeship standards underpin all apprenticeships. They set out what an apprentice will be doing and the skills required of them, by job role. Standards are developed by employer groups known as ‘trailblazers’, in partnership with universities.

Search the full list of standards here https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/

What apprenticeships do you offer?

Please see our ‘What Apprenticeships are available’ page.

What support will my organisation receive?

The University of Northampton will help your organisation to identify a Higher and Degree Apprenticeship programme to meet the requirements of your business. We will also guide you through the contractual and operational aspects of the apprenticeships system including the funding rules.

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