Higher and degree apprenticeships represent the cream of the crop. Typically lasting three to four years, higher apprenticeships provide students with a qualification at level 4 or level 5, equivalent to a foundation degree – although some are available at level 7. Offered in vocational areas, such as engineering, accountancy and law, higher apprenticeships still represent only 5% of all apprenticeship starts.
Degree apprenticeships, introduced in 2015, last between three and six years and are provided by employers, including Rolls-Royce and GlaxoSmithKline, in partnership with universities. Apprentices typically spend 30 hours a week working for their employer, and some time studying at university, either on a block-release basis, or through distance or blended learning. The employer pays both a salary and the apprentice’s tuition fees.
Susie Howe, careers adviser at Sandringham School in St Albans, Hertfordshire, sees them as an attractive option: “You don’t get into debt at university, and you still come out with a degree.” Howe is inviting employers into school to talk about what’s on offer, as many parents and students are still unaware.
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