Degree Apprentice

FAQs

Information for employers

Degree Apprenticeship FAQs for employers

We imagine you’ll have a number of questions about Degree Apprenticeships and we’re here to help. If your question isn't answered below, please get in touch with us.

Who pays for the training costs of the apprenticeship?

Degree Apprenticeships are co-funded by the employer and the Government. Find out more about funding including information about the Apprenticeship Levy. Once you've read up on the Levy you'll be ready to test your knowledge by taking our quiz.

Who recruits the apprentice?

Employers are responsible for posting their Degree Apprenticeship opportunities and ultimately deciding who they want for the position. LJMU are on hand to help with recruitment, including providing a place for you to post your vacancies where they will be seen by prospective learners. We’ll work with you to ensure you get the best person for the position.

How can I be sure the apprentice will learn skills and knowledge relevant to my business?

Research and innovation are at the heart of LJMU’s courses so you can be sure that our students receive up-to-date skills and knowledge relevant to your sector. Plus you’ll be able to inform the curriculum of the course by working with LJMU in the design and delivery of the programme.

Are there limitations on the type of employee we can sponsor through a Degree Apprenticeship?

Degree Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16 so while they are primarily attractive to school leavers as new recruits to your business they are equally open to those existing staff members in your company that you’re looking to upskill.

What courses are available via the Degree Apprenticeship route at LJMU?

We currently offer a number of courses within our Degree Apprenticeship programme. We plan to expand our range of qualifications, so please check our list of courses often to find out what other courses are on offer.

As a small company our resources are limited. How will LJMU help us manage the apprenticeship?

LJMU has a dedicated team who will take care of the administration and management of the apprenticeship. We can help you through the whole process from recruitment to graduation and beyond.

How much time will the apprentice spend at work and at university?

Learners will spend 80% of their time in your workplace (at least 30 hours per week) and 20% of their time at LJMU (usually one day per week, but we can discuss flexibility around your business needs).

Our company wants to offer a Degree Apprenticeship but the courses at LJMU don't cover the role we are hoping to fill?

We currently offer a number of Degree Apprenticeship courses and are looking to expand our range. Please get in touch with us and we can discuss the next steps to deliver your workforce plans.

What experience does LJMU have in delivering Degree Apprenticeships?

LJMU has a proven track record in successfully developing Degree Apprenticeships to meet industry needs. In January 2016, the University took a leading role in the Government’s Construction Employer Trailblazer initiative, developing and delivering 13 Quantity Surveying Degree Apprenticeships with eight companies, including three SMEs. This experience puts LJMU in an excellent position to help employers that are keen to get onboard with the new scheme.

How long does the apprentice take to complete the degree?

Learners will complete their degree within four to five years.

What is an apprenticeship agreement?

An apprenticeship agreement is used to confirm individual employment arrangements between the apprentice and the employer. It is a requirement of the apprenticeship and must be signed at the start of the apprenticeship.

Do I need to pay a wage to the Degree Apprentice?

Yes, they will receive a wage, holiday pay, pension and any other benefits that your employees receive. The Degree Apprenticeship funding you receive from the Government cannot be used to pay wages or any other benefits, it can only be used towards training costs. Apprentices must be an employee on the first day of their apprenticeship and as a minimum at least be paid a wage consistent with the law for the time they are in work and in off-the-job training.

How can we be sure to recruit quality candidates for our Degree Apprenticeships?

All Degree Apprentices need to meet our entry requirements and high standards just like any other student who chooses to study with us. We will ensure that your opportunity reaches prospective candidates by posting your vacancies on our website. We also work with local schools on outreach programmes and we can help source suitable candidates at our Open Day events. All of which can help you find the best person for your opportunity. You will then interview suitable candidates to ensure you find someone who will be able to add value to your organisation.

How do I find out more?

You can take a look at the Employing an apprentice quick guide on the Gov.UK website or feel free to get in touch with us.