Advanced Level and Higher Apprenticeships can significantly benefit both the employer and apprentice
Research shows that the benefits of an Apprenticeship considerably outweigh the costs of training. Amounts vary between sectors, but benefits for the employer can include:
- The rapid increase of the individual’s productivity during the period of the Apprenticeship
- The relatively inexpensive wage cost, compared to a fully-trained employee
- The transfer of new ideas into the workplace, for example by considering the apprentice’s project work
- The relative productivity of fully experienced workers trained with the organisation, compared with those recruited externally
- A better organisational ‘fit’ between those trained in-house and the working practices of the organisation
- Improved labour retention of apprentices trained with the organisation
- Removal of difficulties recruiting suitable fully-experienced workers from the external labour market
- A more motivated and satisfied workforce
For the individual benefits include
- The application of theoretical knowledge in real situations, and the opportunity to understand the working environment
- Increased employability and earning potential, as well as gaining skills and confidence
- Improved teamwork, communications and social skills
- Improved literacy, numeracy and IT skills
- A broader understanding of their chosen sector, as well as their rights and responsibilities as an employee
Quality and Satisfaction
Ensuring the quality of the Apprenticeship is paramount, and employers can be reassured that Apprenticeship qualifications are developed in association with employers and experienced professionals to ensure that they represent the reality of the requirements of the role.
Higher Apprenticeships are a great alternative to university, offering qualifications up to degree level, no tuition fees and the opportunity to earn while you learn.
Higher Apprentices typically split their time between college and the workplace. As with other apprenticeships they are employed throughout and the cost of the fees are shared between government and their employer.
- Achieve higher and graduate qualifications while learning and earning in a real business
- New opportunities for career progression, plus higher earning capacity, recognition and status
- The chance to gain professional accreditation and membership
- No debt via student loan
Higher Apprenticeships at levels 4 and 5 are equivalent to a foundation degree and above.
Higher Apprenticeships offer a work-based learning programme and lead to the following nationally recognised qualifications:
Level 4 and 5, equivalent to a higher education certificate, higher education diploma or a foundation degree.
The number of Higher Apprenticeships that can be studied at level 4 and above is continuously growing, representing hundreds of job roles.
Degree Apprenticeships are designed by industry to bring together the very best in higher and vocational education. Apprentices achieve a full Bachelors (level 6) or Masters (level 7) degree as a core component of the apprenticeship. Degree Apprenticeships will test academic learning, as well as wider skills and ability to do a job. Apprentices will be assessed either using a fully-integrated degree co-designed by employers and higher education institutions, or using a degree plus a separate end-test of professional competence.
Watch the video below for Emerode's story, a West Herts College Apprentice!