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Apprenticeships at SolentUpskill your staff and grow your business with higher and degree apprenticeships

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Higher and degree apprenticeships (HDAs) are bringing further learning into workplaces all around the country. Solent offers a diverse range of HDAs, all of which are underpinned with recognised and transferable degree qualifications (BA, BSc, etc).

Higher apprenticeships and degree apprenticeships give employees the opportunity to upskill in their chosen field or retrain for a new career while working. They offer employers the opportunity to develop their staff - improving productivity, increasing knowledge and boosting expertise within the workforce.

We currently offer HDAs in chartered management, construction, engineering, healthcare and digital. We will be expanding our provision as more standards become available.

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Welcome

Higher and degree apprenticeships (HDAs) are bringing further learning into workplaces all around the country. Solent offers a diverse range of HDAs, all of which are underpinned with recognised and transferable degree qualifications (BA, BSc, etc).

Higher apprenticeships and degree apprenticeships give employees the opportunity to upskill in their chosen field or retrain for a new career while working. They offer employers the opportunity to develop their staff - improving productivity, increasing knowledge and boosting expertise within the workforce.

We currently offer HDAs in chartered management, construction, engineering, healthcare and digital. We will be expanding our provision as more standards become available.

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What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships offer a unique blend of work experience and academic study. Candidates on an apprenticeship will work a paid job while simultaneously working towards a relevant qualification in their chosen field.

Apprentices are employees with a contract of employment which offers the same benefits and protections as any other employee. Apprentices will typically work for four days of the week, using the remaining day to attend classes and study.

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  • 0
    apprentices completed their course at Solent in the last year
  • 0
    apprentices are currently studying at Solent University

Benefits for employees

  • Earn while you learn
  • Achieve your degree without the debt
  • Gain valuable work experience and be able to apply your learning in the workplace
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Benefits for employers

  • Solent University can support you with finding your employee and advertising your vacancy to support recruitment
  • Incentive payments are available if you employ a 16-18-year-old apprentices
  • SMEs are eligible for government funding for a minimum of 95% of the apprenticeship fee
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Apprenticeship courses at Solent

Our higher and degree apprenticeship programmes are the ideal way for employees to advance their careers. Apprentices work throughout their studies and graduate debt-free with a nationally recognised university qualification. They are great for employers too, helping to attract motivated staff and train them in a way that maximises the impact they can make.

Hear from our apprentices

Aaron Vidal, Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineer (Degree) Apprenticeship
Aaron's apprenticeship has given him fantastic exposure to various aspects of engineering, getting hands-on with real-world projects.
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Ryan Gaudion, Digital and Technology Solutions Professional (Integrated Degree) Apprenticeship
Ryan is on his second apprenticeship, developing his knowledge and skills to progress his career as a software developer.
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Ellie Peplinski, Registered Nurse Degree (NMC 2018) Apprenticeship
Ellie gets support from her work to study, so she can pursue her dream of becoming a mental health nurse through an apprenticeship.
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Peter Abbs-Fortnum, Nursing Associate (NMC 2018) Apprenticeship
Peter discusses how the apprenticeship gave him financial stability as a homeowner, while training to become a nurse.
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Apprenticeship funding for levy payers

An apprenticeship levy payer is classed as any UK employer with a PAYE bill in excess of £3m. A 0.5% deduction will be taken from PAYE over this £3m marker directly through the HMRC.

This 0.5% becomes the employers levy fund, which they can use to upskill their existing staff with apprenticeship qualifications or introduce new apprentices to their organisation. Levy-payers can also pay for the apprenticeship thought the Digital Apprenticeship Service account.

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What if I'm a non-levy-paying employer?

Small businesses (<50 employees) will receive 100% of the funding where the apprentice is 16-18 years old or is between 19-24 and has a local authority education, health and care plan (EHC plan).

Non-levy paying businesses and businesses that need to supplement their digital levy account will need to co-invest 5% of the cost of the training. The government will pay the remaining 95%.

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The benefits of employing apprentices are in the satisfaction of seeing them progress, and the real value they add to their team in the form of new talent, ideas and enthusiasm. Our clients are very interested in our Apprenticeship Programme and the importance we give to the apprentices’ experience at Roke

- Sarah-Jayne Richardson - People Director, Roke

Advertise a vacancy

If you have a vacancy for an apprentice, you can advertise the position on the South Coast Institute of Technology website if it's in the digital, engineering, or maritime subject area.

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