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Information for Employers

Degree apprenticeships help organisations offer cost-effective ways to develop the workforce, develop and attract talent into the organisation for sustainable growth.

Apprentices will gain knowledge and practical skills that are relevant to the specific sector your organisation operates, through a combination of on-the-job and flexible study.  

Benefits of hosting an apprenticeship

Use levy or non-levy funds

Effective use of the Government's levy monies to pay for apprenticeship provision. The levy can be used to meet the needs of your organisation by using apprenticeship standards.

University of Leicester degree

Each apprenticeship includes a degree accredited by the University of Leicester, exactly equivalent to a normal undergraduate (or postgraduate) degree. This will fill your higher-level skills gaps and increase productivity.

Develop careers and upskill your workforce

Apprentices are employed and trained through the apprenticeship provision, gaining skills required for the employer.

Modes of study

At the University of Leicester we build apprenticeship programmes around your business needs. We offer various modes of delivery from block and day release to online or blended learning sessions.

Apprenticeship funding 

Funding and the apprenticeship levy

The Government’s Apprenticeship Service makes it easier for employers to choose and pay online for higher and degree apprenticeship training. The apprenticeship levy dictates how much funding and support your business can access. However, the levy only applies if you have an annual wage bill of more than £3 million.

Funding for levy-paying employers

Levy payments will be 0.5% of your total wage bill, minus a £15,000 levy allowance. Those payments - and a 10% Government top-up - will fund apprenticeship course fees and any end-point assessment, up to the relevant funding cap.  

Funding for non-levy-paying employers

If your organisation’s total wage bill is below the £3 million threshold, the Government will fund up to 95% of apprenticeship course fees, up to the relevant funding cap.

For employers with less than 50 employees, you will receive 100% funding for apprentices who are under the age of 19 when they start their course.

Funding bands and caps

Every higher and degree apprenticeship framework and standard has a funding band. Each band has a cap on funding the government will offer.

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