National Apprenticeship Week

What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships combine work, training and study, letting you ‘earn while you learn’ and is a way to gain the skills, knowledge and experience you need to get into many careers.

There are many different apprenticeships available across a wide range of industries, and for a wide variety of job roles. As a paid employee, each apprentice works alongside their studies. There are no student fees – your training costs are funded by the government and your employer.

It’s an ideal option if you have a clear idea of the career path you want to follow, providing you with practical, on-the-job training, and classroom-based instruction.

What is a degree apprenticeship?

A degree apprenticeship combines full-time paid work and part-time university study to offer candidates the opportunity to gain a full Bachelors or Masters degree while partaking in practical, on-the-job training.

Degree apprenticeships are created by partnerships between employers and universities or colleges.

 Who is a degree apprenticeship for?

Degree apprenticeships are primarily targeted at 18 to 19-year-old school leavers as an alternative route to gaining a degree, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds who are deterred from studying a traditional full-time programme by high tuition fees and student debt. However, the qualification is suitable for anyone, including 16 to 18-year-olds and mature students.

The degree apprenticeship is expected to strengthen the ‘vocational pathway’, and support progression from craft and technical roles into management.

What can I study?

As degree apprenticeships are only available in vocational subjects that require a high level of academia, the range of subjects on offer is narrower than that of traditional apprenticeships. Opportunities are currently available in the following sectors:

  • aerospace engineering
  • aerospace software development
  • automotive engineering
  • business management
  • construction
  • defence
  • digital industries
  • electronic systems engineering
  • financial services
  • life and industrial sciences
  • nuclear
  • nursing
  • power engineering
  • public relations

Leading students to success

Former St. Patricks student Rebecca Devlin is currently completing an apprenticeship at Nestlé in their Operations Degree programme which means she will earn a degree while completing her apprenticeship. After thousands of applications, Rebecca was one of the two successful applicants last year.

Another Former St Patricks student, Sonny Huggett also decided and apprenticeship was for him. He is currently completing a advanced apprenticeship with Ernst Young in Leeds.

Other students have gone on to secure apprenticeships with local companies, the NHS and schools around the region.