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Degree apprenticeships give the opportunity to pursue study at university alongside real-life work experience. Head of Degree Apprenticeships Louise Cowling give us 10 things businesses should know about engineering degrees at the AMRC Training Centre

  1. Degree apprenticeships
    Degree apprenticeships combine university study and workplace learning to enable apprentices to gain a full bachelor’s or master’s degree.
  2. Co-designed with employers
    Our degrees have been co-designed with employers. They have the academic rigour that you would expect from a Russell Group University, are tailored to sector needs, and are taught by dedicated staff who are active researchers based at both the AMRC and University of Sheffield.
  3. Improve productivity
    Productivity gains from employing an apprentice long-term average at £414 per week in engineering and manufacturing (Productivity Matters, Centre for Economics and Business Research Report, 2013).
  4. Upskill existing employees
    There are no upper age limits for degree apprenticeships. Staff across your organisation, in a variety of roles (professional, managerial, engineering and manufacturing) are all eligible for degree apprenticeships whether they’re in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s or 60s.
  5. Attract new talent
    Degree apprenticeships are an attractive proposition for potential and existing employees with A levels or a progression route for employees with an Advanced apprenticeship. Degree apprenticeships can form an important element of your organisation’s recruitment and development strategies.
  6. Demonstrate your commitment to training
    Use degree apprenticeships to demonstrate your commitment to training, which may in turn improve staff retention and morale creating a virtuous circle of continuing professional development.
  7. Energise existing teams
    Employers report that their degree apprentices are highly motivated, enthusiastic members of staff who quickly develop skills and have an energising impact on the colleagues they work with.
  8. Fill higher-level skills gaps or shortages
    Fill higher-level staff skills gaps or shortages by supporting existing members of staff to gain internationally recognised qualifications.
  9. Apprenticeship levy returns
    You can use your apprenticeship levy to fund degree apprenticeships.
  10. Let us make it easier for you
    We can help you navigate the levy, digital account and co-investment rules.

If you are a company looking to take on a degree apprentice get in touch with us at or call us on 0114 222 9985.

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