The Apprenticeship Unit is a small dedicated team based on the Carmarthen campus. It takes the lead on UWTSD’s provision of Degree Apprenticeships in England and Wales, supporting Faculties and Schools in developing and delivering programmes to meet the needs of employers. Employers wishing to set up an apprenticeship should contact us.
What degree apprenticeships offer employers
Surveys of British industry have found consistently that future growth and profitability are constrained by skill gaps, retention of key staff and lack of labour mobility (see UKCES). Following the UK Government Richard review of apprenticeship provision and the needs of industry, new programmes have been developed to upskill existing staff as well as new entrants and providing the higher level qualifications and training demanded of the modern workplace.
Apprenticeship standards and frameworks covering more than 400 job roles have been created by employers and training providers working together to ensure that the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours required are taught and assessed. Funding arrangements vary between England and Wales but there is no charge to the apprentice and in many cases no charge to the employer. Qualifications are assigned a level running from Level 2 (equivalent to GCSE) to level 7 (Masters) and include the Degree Apprenticeship, usually a 5-year BA or BSc programme studied on a part-time basis while at work.
What our apprentices say about UWTSD's programmes
"an excellent teacher who really knows his subject and is willing to take his time over the delivery to check learning"
"the best lecturer I have ever had"
"the library was easy to use and good for out of class group working"
"looking forward to being able to apply the Physics principles to the workplace"
Employers and Degree Apprenticeships
The Degree Apprenticeship provides your staff with relevant training and qualifications while they work. Apprenticeship Standards and Frameworks define the course content, developed in partnership with employers in the sector to address the skills, knowledge and behaviours that are required. Once you have linked up with a Higher Education Institution to deliver the award, you can select staff or recruit new employees onto the programme.
Apprentices spend 80% of their working hours undertaking their usual work. They spend 20% of their time undertaking off-the-job training, which may include classroom session, online activities, research and reflection.
Accreditation by Professional Bodies
Degree Apprenticeship programmes will often carry accreditation by the relevant professional bodies. UWTSD has programmes accredited by BCS- The Chartered Institute for IT, the Institute of Explosive Engineers, and the Engineering Council.
For employers in England
For companies based in England, the cost of the training element can be covered by your payment of the Apprenticeship Levy.
If you are a non-Levy paying company you will need to pay the fees for the training element.
For employers in Wales
For companies based in Wales, the cost of some Degree Apprenticeships is covered by the Welsh Government through HEFCW. This pilot scheme started in 2018/2019: contact us for details.
UWTSD is delivering programmes for 2018/2019 for:
- Police Constable
- Digital Degree Apprenticeship (software engineering, data science or cybersecurity pathways)
- Ordnance, Munitions and Explosives
In development for 2019/2020:
- Advanced Manufacturing
- Archaeological Specialist (Masters)
- UWTSD is included as a Provider on the ESFA Register of Approved Training Providers.
- UWTSD is included on the ESFA Register of End Point Assessment Organisations.
UWTSD also delivers the training element of level 5 diplomas in Construction Management, Quantity Surveying, Human Resources and Advanced Manufacturing.
Other courses for employees
UWTSD offers work-based learning awards at levels 4 to 8 at WIWBL through its Professional Practice Framework.
There are also short courses offered by the School of Applied Computing:
Bridget Moseley BSc Hons Institutional Management
Head of Apprenticeship Unit
Martin Locock BA Hons, PGCert Teaching in HE, MCIfA, FHEA
Principal Apprenticeship Administrator
The Apprenticeship Unit will be happy to discuss the potential for degree apprenticeships to help your business.