Apprentice with mentor in the workplace

For employers

Here's a selection of things we hear asked by employers, answering some potential questions you may have


Questions from employers

What is our business's financial contribution to a degree apprenticeship?

All fees associated with an apprenticeship should be paid by the sponsoring employer, this includes travel and accommodation where necessary.

Funding is available to help cover the cost of programme fees and you may be eligible for incentive payments to contribute to any additional costs.

Find out more about apprenticeship funding.

Can an existing employee undertake a degree apprenticeship?
Yes. An existing employee can undertake an apprenticeship if it is at a higher level or in a different field to any qualifications they currently hold.
Do I have to give my apprentice a day off each week?

From August 2022, apprentices working full-time (over 30 hours a week) must spend the equivalent of a minimum of six hours a week undertaking off-the-job training - as detailed in the apprenticeship funding rules.

As the degree apprenticeships at the University of Nottingham are level 6 and 7 (bachelors and masters level) the majority of programmes will require a commitment in excess of six hours. It is important for both the apprentice and their employer to be familiar with the off-the-job training requirements of their apprenticeship programme.  The off-the-job training hours for each apprentice is calculated and shared with them and their employer during the onboarding process and outlined in their specific training plan.   

Read more in our off-the-job training guide

My employee has prior learning how is this factored into the apprenticeship?

As part of the application and enrolment process, we will carry out an individual needs assessment. This will enable us to determine existing levels of skills, knowledge and behaviours, and build a personal plan for each apprentice that will set out all the learning, tutorial support, and resources provided by the university. 



An apprentice

For apprentices

Something on your mind? We've collated some questions our apprentices sometimes have when considering a degree apprenticeship.


Questions from apprentices

How do I apply for a degree apprenticeship?

Before applying for a degree apprenticeship you must:

  • be employed in a job role that allows you to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours associated with the apprenticeship standard. 
  • meet the programme entry criteria
  • meet basic apprenticeship eligibility criteria.

For more information please see our Guide to becoming  a degree apprentice.

Can the university help me find an apprenticeship role?

The university does not act as a recruitment agency and does not match potential apprentices with employers.

However, you view our partner employer apprenticeship vacancies on our website or search the Find an Apprenticeship service for apprenticeship vacancies in your area. 

Do I need to pay tuition fees for a degree apprenticeship?

No. Apprentices do not pay fees, these are covered by your employer. 

How much will I earn as a degree  apprentice?

Apprentice’s wages are set by their employer. New vacancies will advertise the salary/wage associated with the role. 

If you are an existing employee starting an apprenticeship your wages should be unaffected.
I have alternative qualifications than those detailed on the programme entry requirements, can I still apply?

Please speak to our Degree Apprenticeship Team who will be able to advise if your qualifications or experience will satisfy the entry requirements of the programme.

I work outside of England can I still apply?
Apprentices must work at least 50% of their contracted working hours in England.
I already have a degree in another subject, can I still undertake a degree apprenticeship?
Yes. You can still start an apprenticeship if it is at a higher level or in a different field to any qualifications you hold. In fact, all of our master's-level degree apprenticeships require you to have an undergraduate degree. 

How do I find time to undertake my studies on top of my work?

As part of their commitment to the apprenticeship, your employer must give you access to at least 20% of your contracted hours to dedicate to your off-the-job learning. This protects this time within your working hours for study.

Each programme factors in off-the-job learning differently. Please speak to our Degree Apprenticeship Team for more information.