Higher and Degree Apprenticeships
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’.
- View the current list of apprenticeship standards
- Read more about our current Nursing Associate Apprenticeship
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, Interim Head of Apprenticeships and Inclusive Learning on +44 (0)1904 328426 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.