Degree apprenticeships receive £10 million boost

The next two years for Degree apprenticeships is looking brighter after it was announced on 24th March that a fund of £10 million was to be injected into the development of this level of apprenticeship.


Business Secretary, Sajid Javid, announced the plans while visiting the Manchester Metropolitan University.  The funds will be used to increase the number of Degree apprenticeships available with £8 million being made available for universities to bid for to further develop the design and implementation of the courses available.  The remaining £2 million will be spent promoting the benefits of Degree apprenticeships to potential learners.


Degree apprenticeships were launched in 2015 as an alternative route for those looking to earn a full Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.  They offer the best of both worlds in terms of working towards that level of qualification while also earning a living and learning the industry from first-hand experience.  Universities work directly with employers to create the curriculum, making the course specific to the industry and allowing employers to tailor the learners’ skills to their business needs.


Further details on how universities can bid for the funds will be released in April.


Apprenticeships are a fantastic opportunity for young people to learn a trade and earn qualifications all while earning a living.  Aspire Training Team works with employers and young people across Dorset, Hampshire and Somerset to help match potential learners with the ideal employer and apprenticeship opportunity specifically in childcare, business administration and health & social care.  To find out more about becoming or hiring an apprentice, you can contact Aspire Training Team on 01202 551553 or email

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