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The face of apprenticeships is changing. Apprenticeships are often considered to be targeted solely at those who are first starting their careers, but this no longer holds true. A large proportion of apprentices are still using this provision to gain entry to employment, but there has never been more opportunity for existing staff to get involved and upskill.

Apprenticeships are offered across all levels of education - level 2 and level 3 (GCSE and A-Level equivalent); level 4 and Level 5 (HND and HNC equivalent); and now level 6, level 7 and level 8 (degree, masters and doctorate).

If you have previously studied but now work in an unrelated career, you can retrain at any level. If you have completed qualifications in traditional routes such as A-level but want to further align your training with your job role, apprenticeships offer a perfect solution. Apprenticeships are flexible, industry relevant and completely free for candidates.

The apprenticeship is funded on a co-investment scheme from the Government at 90% Government contribution and 10% employer contribution. This means a £27,000 degree apprenticeship could cost your employer as little as £2,700, which equates to £900 a year or £75 per month.

If a smaller employer takes on an apprentice within the age of 16-18 years, or 19+ with a local authority education, health and care plan, they could receive a 100% contribution from the Government.

Here's what a higher or degree apprenticeship can offer you:

  • A combination of on-the-job and academic study which is relevant and applied.
  • A continued wage and contract of employment which includes all the same benefits as any employee.
  • A higher or degree qualification which is recognised, transferrable and the same level as if achieved through traditional study routes.
  • A debt free future with zero tuition fees. (Please note, as apprenticeships are funded by employers, apprentices are not eligible to apply for Student Loans Company loans)
  • An opportunity to develop new skills and progress within your industry.

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Available apprenticeships

Solent is providing higher and degree apprenticeships in the following areas:

Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship
Level 6 - Underpinned by our FDA Business and BA (Hons) Business Management (Top-up) programme.
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Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (Fast Track)
Level 6 - Underpinned by our  BA (Hons) Business Management (Top-up) programme.
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Construction Site Engineering Technician
Level 4 - Underpinned by our HNC Civil Engineering programme.
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Registered Nurse
Level 6 - Underpinned by our BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing Practice degree programme.
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Healthcare Assistant Practitioner
Level 5 - Underpinned by FdSc Health and Social Care.
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Nursing Associate
Level 5 - Underpinned by FdSc Health and Social Care.
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Master’s Degree Apprenticeship for Senior Leaders
Level 7 - Underpinned by our MBA Master of Business Administration programme
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Operations and Departmental Manager Apprenticeship
Level 5 - Underpinned by our Business Operations and Management Foundation degree qualification (FdA) and also a CMI Level 5 Management and Leadership Diploma.
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Digital and Technology Solutions Professional Degree Apprenticeship

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Data Analyst Apprenticeship
Level 4
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Network Engineer Apprenticeship
Level 4
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Additional apprenticeship programmes are currently in development. Take a look at our coming soon page for more details.

Get in touch

The team here at Solent are happy to talk through your current situation and look at how we can work together to address your training needs.

Get in touch with us via email at or call 023 8201 5066.

Useful links

GOV.UK's guide to apprenticeship funding

Solent's step-by-step guide to the apprenticeship service (PDF)

GOV.UK's apprenticeship homepage

The Skills Funding Agency's guide to higher and degree apprenticeships

National Apprenticeship Service's guide for employers

Institute for Apprenticeships

You can also call the National Apprenticeship Service on 08000 150 600 or email them at

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