The Benefits

Why choose a degree apprenticeship?

It’s giving you the student potentially the best of both worlds, allowing you to unlock your full potential. You will start taking your first steps into the world of work, gaining insight and experiences to enhance your career whilst still undertaking a recognised and approved university degree, with the associated benefits and stimulating challenges its provides. Upon completion, you will have the professional networks you have created in your own chosen industry, relevant and valuable work experience, a full degree level qualification and no tuition fees to repay – no debt!

What are my prospects after a degree?

Although no-one knows exactly what the future holds, the prospects for higher and degree apprentices look bright. Many higher and degree apprenticeship schemes are designed to develop the leaders and managers of the future. The experiences you gain as an apprentice can provide a springboard towards promotions and higher level opportunities. After several years working with managers and peers, experiencing various aspects of the business and developing the essential skills and knowledge, you should have become a very valuable employee. It’s not unusual for an ex-apprentice to work their way up to the boardroom. Former apprentices are particularly well presented in senior management teams in construction, engineering and energy; 30% of the senior UK managers at Rolls Royce started out at the firm as apprentices. *1

On completion, 90% of apprentices stay in employment, with 71% staying with the same employer. A quarter received a promotion within 12 months. *2

*Which? University – The Complete Guide to Higher and Degree Apprenticeships
*2 Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Apprentice survey, 2014

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