Degree apprenticeships require close collaboration between universities and business to co-create new talent solutions that could benefit both the learners and employers.

Degree apprenticeships offer an alternative to the traditional university degree, with a mixture of academic and vocational training as well as several years of work experience. Co-designed by employers and universities, these new programmes involve a combination of vocational and higher education learning, in which both academic and occupational proficiencies are tested, and for which the attainment of a degree is an integral part of the course.

Since degree apprenticeships were launched in September 2015, an increasing number of universities and businesses are offering them in an increasing amount of subjects. They have the potential to play a role in meeting employers’ skills needs, boosting local graduate retention and local growth, and increasing social mobility.

We help to shape national policy on degree apprenticeships and also monitor trends and progress.