Skip to main content


Higher and degree apprenticeships (HDAs) are bringing further learning into workplaces all around the country. It’s an exciting new approach to education. And, as everything we do is focused on creating future opportunities for people, we made sure we were one of the first to get involved.

Each higher or degree apprenticeship programme is designed in partnership with employers to support the development of their staff. Throughout the programme, students will learn employer-defined skills, knowledge and behaviour outcomes while studying for a nationally recognised and professionally accredited academic qualification.

This approach to staff development is designed to help businesses to develop talent and fill skill gaps within their organisation. It is hoped that both young people and adults will see higher and degree apprenticeships as a desirable route into more senior roles.

We are pleased to offer programmes in business and management and health and social care. We are also developing programmes in construction and the built environment, engineering, and the digital industries.

View available apprenticeships

What are higher and degree apprenticeships?

Higher apprentices earn a HNC, foundation degree or honours degree while also benefiting from steady employment and a full-time wage. They graduate with 2-4 years' work experience, a recognised higher education qualification and zero tuition fee repayments.

Find out more

Becoming a higher or degree apprentice

Apprentices typically work for a business for between two and five years. During that time they will be treated like any other employee, working closely with their colleagues to learn valuable new skills and help the business achieve its goals.

Find out more

Employing a higher or degree apprentice

Higher apprenticeships help businesses to attract motivated and aspiration staff, training them in a way that maximises their potential and addresses specific business needs. Apprentices are fully employed and help manage day-to-day operations throughout their training.

Find out more