What are the benefits of a degree apprenticeship?
- Industry Experience
One of the main advantages of a degree apprenticeship is the opportunity to gain real-life experience within your chosen industry, all whilst studying for a degree. By the end of your apprenticeship you will have gained over three years of work experience at a company, providing you with the professional skills and practical knowledge highly valued by employers.
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Degree apprenticeships are designed in collaboration between employers and training providers, to ensure that apprentices acquire skills and knowledge directly related to the industry you are working in. This can help make you stand out amongst other graduates, as you will be able to demonstrate your extensive practical knowledge, professional skills and work experience to employers in the future.
It is also not surprising, therefore, that upon completion of their programme many apprentices are offered full-time employment within their apprenticeship company. Employers often wish to retain the skills and knowledge apprentices have demonstrated during their time on the programme for the benefit of the company going forwards.
- No Tuition Fees
With tuition fees for students at university averaging at £9250 per year across the UK, it is not surprising that one of the main attractions of a degree apprenticeship is having the opportunity to gain your qualification for free. Your employer covers the costs of your tuition or training, reducing the financial load often associated with traditional full-time education.
- Earning While Learning
Degree apprentices are able to earn a competitive salary whilst working for their employer, with many employers offering over £20,000 a year as a starting figure (UK Government, 2023). Due to their employability at the end of their apprenticeship, many apprentices also go on to succeed in well-paid jobs on completion of their training.
- Balanced Approach
For many students, degree apprenticeships are the ideal option for further qualification after leaving school, with many students looking for a pathway which provides a balance between academic learning and gaining practical experience. The holistic and well-rounded education provided by degree apprenticeship programmes perfectly caters to many students’ typical learning styles, and can result in graduates who have theoretical knowledge, but also the ability to apply it effectively in the workplace.
- Strong Network
Throughout the programme, degree apprentices are meeting and learning from professionals and other apprentices working directly in their industry of interest. Not only are these connections fantastic for helping degree apprentices gain extensive knowledge of their chosen field, they will also be highly valuable contacts for the future, providing advice, guidance and up-to-date insights into the industry.