Degree apprenticeships

What are degree apprenticeships?

Degree Apprenticeships are a new type of apprenticeship which combines the workplace learning of a traditional apprenticeship with a higher education qualification.

The apprenticeships run for the duration of the degree course with apprentices spending around 20% of their time at university and the rest with their employer.

Degree apprenticeships are currently available in Wales for people who are looking to start careers in IT, engineering or advanced manufacturing.

How do they work?

Just like traditional apprentices, degree apprentices work alongside experienced employees to gain practical skills and experience while receiving external training. This means that degree apprentices finish their course with the skills they need to succeed at work, as well as the higher level knowledge that comes with a degree qualification.

Employers in Wales can offer a degree apprenticeship in IT, engineering or advanced manufacturing through a partnership with one of the universities in the table below, And as the Welsh Government funds degree apprenticeships through the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, employers can be confident that degree apprenticeships will be subject to the same quality assurance as other higher education provision.

Bangor University Software BSc Applied Software Engineering Hons
Cardiff Metropolitan University Data BSc (Hons) Applied Data Science
The Open University in Wales Software BSc (Hons) Applied Software Engineering
Swansea University Software BSc (Hons) in Applied Software Engineering
University of Wales Trinity Saint David Data BSc (Hons) Computing (Data & Information Systems)
University of Wales Trinity Saint David Cyber BSc (Hons) Computing (Computer Networks & Cyber Security)
University of Wales Trinity Saint David Software BSc (Hons) Computing (Software Engineering)

The employer covers the cost of their wages and Welsh Government offers support with training costs.

What are the benefits for employers?

Degree apprenticeships are a great way to encourage talent into the organisation or to up-skill existing staff.
Degree apprenticeships are flexible – they can be designed around the needs of the employer and can help to fill skills gaps, scout new talent, reduce recruitment costs, remain competitive and assist with business growth.
Business of any size in Wales can take on degree apprentices so register your interest now to find out more.

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