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For Employers

Develop your staff for your organisation's future success

Degree Apprenticeships offer a new, cost-effective way to develop your workforce, attract new talent and inject vitality into your business for sustainable growth and success. Apprentices gain industry knowledge and practical, relevant experience which is uniquely tailored to your business, by combining on-the-job training with flexible study.

A degree apprenticeship is the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree (BA/ BSc) or masters degree qualification and takes three and a half to four years, to complete, studying part time.

From April 2017 all organisations with a wage bill over £3 million will contribute 0.5% of the pay bill over £3 million to an apprenticeship levy account that the company can then use to pay for apprenticeships.

More information on the apprenticeship levy can be found on the Government’s website.

What are the benefits for employers?

  • Attract new talented staff with ambition to succeed in your sector.
  • Up-skill your existing staff with knowledge directly relevant to your business and help them progress within your organisation.
  • Drive the career development of your highest performing employees, increasing retention and rewarding achievement.
  • Deliver on-the-job training to employees, tailored to your business needs.
  • Develop expertise in your organisation to increase future productivity.
  • Tackle skills shortages by filling higher level skill gaps.
  • Keep your business up-to-date with the latest knowledge and innovative practice.
  • Utilise generous government funding* and recoup Apprenticeship Levy payments.

*Please note we are currently unable to deliver Degree Apprenticeships for non-Levy Paying organisations


If your business has a wage bill above £3 million, you can use your Apprenticeship Levy contributions towards the cost of tuition fees.

  • Your business won’t have to pay Class 1 National Insurance for apprentices under the age of 25.
  • Apprentices are full-time employees and will be entitled to a wage and paid time off to study.
  • If your business employs an apprentice under 19-years-of-age, a care leaver up to 24-years-of-age or an adult with an Education, health and Care Plan, you will qualify for an extra support payment of £1,000.
  • University fees are paid by you as the apprentice’s employer with a significant government contribution.
  • Your business pays the apprentice a full-time wage throughout the programme.
  • Your employees are entitled to paid annual leave of a minimum of 20 days per year, plus bank holidays throughout their studies.
  • Employees attend work as usual during University holidays.

For further information visit the government's website:


We will support you to find the most suitable candidates for your Degree Apprenticeship opportunities by adding links to your website from our web pages.

All employers must enter into an Apprenticeship Agreement with their apprentice in accordance with government requirements. You will also enter into an Employer Agreement with Leeds Beckett University which states the responsibilities between you as employer, Leeds Beckett University as training provider and the apprentice.

Work with us

At Leeds Beckett University we have a track record of delivering work-related education, industry and business partnerships and programmes. We are keen to work with organisations to develop new Degree Apprenticeships, tailored to your needs. If you are looking to up-skill your current employees, attract new talent, or would like to find out more about how we can work together, we’d love to hear from you. We are keen to work with organisations across all sectors, giving you real input into your sector’s skills provision.

What support will students receive

Students on the course will join the Leeds Beckett community, giving them access to all the facilities and support available to full-time undergraduate students, including:

  • An academic adviser and module tutor (a subject specialist for each module studied).
  • University wide support services, including course administrators, student wellbeing team, careers service and disability advice.
  • A Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which supports learning and access to teaching materials.
  • World class library facilities which are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Our online library offers access to tens of thousands of digital resources, including eBooks, eJournals and databases.
  • Specialist computing labs and access to software and systems which are accessible remotely, enabling effective off-campus study.
  • Leeds Beckett Student Union.
  • World class sports facilities.
  • A wide range of student social and sports clubs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Plus Icon Will an apprentice receive the same qualification as a full-time undergraduate student?

Yes. The apprentice upon completing and passing their course will graduate with a full bachelors degree.

Plus Icon Can existing employees apply?

Yes. This is a great way to up skill your current workforce and support them into new roles in the organisation. For staff who may not have the formal qualifications, learning gained from work experience will be considered.

Plus Icon Is there an age limit for degree apprentices?

No. There is no upper age limit. However, the training costs for employers may vary for individuals, depending on their age.

Plus Icon What role do I have as the apprentice’s employer?

As an employer you will have all the normal statutory employer responsibilities for the apprentice. In addition, you will need to agree to provide paid time off from work for study, provide in-company support/mentoring for the apprentice and collaborate with us during the recruitment phase to ensure the apprentice meets your job/employment criteria and the university’s academic entrance requirements.

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