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Apprenticeships have changed. As an employer you now have more power than ever before to write new apprenticeship standards, select standards that are relevant to your business needs and choose your preferred training provider. Even the way apprentices are paid has changed - you can pay wages directly, or make payments through your apprenticeship service account.

Apprenticeships can add value at all levels of your business:

  • Upskill your staff with industry relevant qualifications.
  • Drive an increase in productivity.
  • Promote long-term loyalty and reduce staff turnover.
  • Reduce the cost of qualifications and training.
  • Develop staff with a minimum of interruption to day-to-day operations.
  • Offer genuine opportunities for personal development to both full- and part-time staff
  • Scale your business with the help of an increasingly skilled workforce.

Apprenticeships can be offered to your staff without incurring major costs. Government will co-invest in apprenticeships with a split of 90% government contribution to 10% employer contribution.

This means that a £27,000 degree apprenticeship will only cost you £2,700 over the duration of the course. This payment can be broken into yearly (or smaller) increments and could equate to only £75 per month for a three year course (fee breakdown and payment will be negotiated per employer).  Levy paying employers can use their dedicated levy fund to pay for higher and degree apprenticeships.

Smaller employers who take on an apprentice who is 16-18 years old (or 19+ with a local authority education,  health and care plan) could receive 100% Government contribution. Any employer who takes on an apprentice from the above category could also receive an incentive payment of £1,000.

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). We offer qualifications at level 4, 5 and 6, but are happy to recommend other local institutions who can provide training at lower levels.

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Available apprenticeships 

We offer 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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We also have a range of courses in development. Visit our coming soon page to find out more.

Employers who are looking to take on a new recruit as part of the apprenticeship programme are welcome to advertise on Solent Futures and recruit from our pool of talented graduates.

Seen something you are interested in? Take a look at our course pages or get in touch with us using Still confused? Find out more about apprenticeships on GOV.UK.

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.

Meet the team

Matt Freeman, Commercial Partnerships Manager

Matt Freeman, Commercial Partnerships ManagerMatt develops new commercial partnerships with businesses, with a focus on recruiting apprentices and sponsorship opportunities. This involves research, engagement and nurturing relationships. He is a keen advocate of the University's values: respect, ownership, integrity, engagement, inclusivity and teamwork.

Matt has a unique blend of both business acumen and clinical knowledge. He has extensive experience working as a physiotherapist within large NHS Foundation Trusts and private healthcare. He has also worked with elite sportspeople across varying sports. His experience of the sport and healthcare sectors enables him to appreciate the challenges faced and how best higher and degree apprenticeships can support learning and educational needs.

Justine Taylor-Knightbridge, Commercial Partnerships Manager

Justine Taylor-Knightbridge, Commercial Partnerships ManagerJustine is an experienced people manager with qualifications in Leadership and Management and CIPD Human Resource Practice. She is also a governor of a local school, Upper Shirley High.

Justine's role at Solent supports the School of Art, Design and Fashion and the School of Media Arts and Technology in developing higher and degree apprenticeships and sourcing new income streams through the engagement of new partnerships.

Justine's career spans both private FTSE100 and public sector organisations and she has gained a wealth of knowledge, contacts and key client relationship management experience, and has worked collaboratively with many key stakeholders in the City. For the last 10 years, her career has centred around developing talent and early careers, corporate social responsibility, organisational development, and learning and development.

Her previous experience at Capita as head of corporate social responsibility encompasses the design of a multi-award-winning programme supporting education, employment and the local economy - for this she received the BIG Society award in 2014 from the then Prime Minister, David Cameron. While at Southampton City Council as the lead apprenticeship, she was responsible for developing the Council's apprenticeship strategy, designing and implementing programmes to support the Council's apprenticeship levy, and managing a c. £1.2m budget.

Justine's strengths lie in her creativity and innovation, the ability to deliver results, and an honest desire to achieve the best solution for clients and colleagues.

Read Justine's article: Talking apprenticeships - What is '20% off-the-job'?


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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