Accessibility statement

Higher and Degree Apprenticeships

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An apprenticeship is a genuine job with an accompanying assessment and skills development programme. It is a way for individuals to earn while they learn, gaining valuable skills and knowledge in a specific job role. The apprentice gains this through a wide mix of learning in the workplace, formal off-the-job training and the opportunity to practise new skills in a real work environment. Apprenticeships benefit employers and individuals, and by boosting the skills of the workforce they help to improve economic productivity.

Apprenticeship standards show what an apprentice will be doing and the skills required of them, by job role. Standards are developed by employer groups known as ‘trailblazers’.

Why partner with the University of York?

  • Dedicated high-quality support for every apprentice from start to finish
  • Over 30 years of supporting local, regional and national workforce development
  • Gold Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) award, demonstrating that we deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for all our students
  • Member of the Russell Group of major research-intensive universities
  • More than 1,000 business projects completed in the last year
  • Ranked in the top 20 in the Times Higher Education European Teaching Rankings (2019) out of 258 institutions.

If you're an employer wishing to source further information about Higher and Degree Apprenticeships at University of York, please contact Jan Ball-Smith, Head of Apprenticeships and Inclusive Learning on +44 (0)1904 328426 or

Further information

Information for apprentices

The opportunity to combine your job with a higher or degree-level apprenticeship is more within your reach than you may think. If you’re interested in undertaking a higher or degree apprenticeship, we recommend that you speak with your employer in the first instance. If you’re not in employment, we recommend applying for apprenticeship opportunities on the government’s Find an Apprenticeship website.

There are basic eligibility requirements that you need to meet which include:

  • Being over 16, live in England or be a citizen of EEA countries
  • Being a non-EEA citizen legally resident in the UK for at least the past three years and have the right to work in England
  • Being employed in a role that’s relevant to the apprenticeship that you’re interested in undertaking and spend at least 50% of your working hours in England for the duration of your apprenticeship programme

If you want to know more about being an apprentice at the University of York, view the Welcome pages for Apprenticeships or contact

Statement of approach to subcontracting

The University of York uses subcontractors where enhancements to teaching and learning for apprentices can be achieved by partnering with specialist providers. Our subcontractors are subject to the University's Subcontracting Policy and we undertake a thorough due diligence process as the main provider to satisfy ourselves that the subcontractor has been selected based on quality, capability, capacity and a good financial standing (with the exception of when partnering with organisations that are exempt from providing this information to the ESFA). The University declares subcontractor arrangements to the ESFA as required and where subcontracting activity exceeds £100,000 annually, we will obtain an independent auditors report.

The University applies its existing Collaborative Provision processes for selecting and approving subcontractors on our apprenticeships provision. The University aims to ensure that all its collaborative partners are of good repute and, for the delivery of apprenticeship programmes, satisfy ESFA and Ofsted requirements. The University therefore requires all prospective collaborative partners supporting the delivery of apprenticeship programmes to supply a range of background information.  
Our sub-contracting partners are: York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.