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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.

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 Design and Build Technician
Level 4 - Underpinned by our HNC Architectural Technology programme.
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Construction Design Management
Level 6 - Underpinned by our BA (Hons) Architectural Design and Technology programme.
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Construction Site Management
Level 6 - Underpinned by our BSc (Hons) Construction Management programme.
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Construction Site Supervisor
Level 4 - Underpinned by our HNC Construction Management programme.
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Construction Site Engineering Technician
Level 4 - Underpinned by our HNC Civil Engineering programme.
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Construction Surveying Technician
Level 4 - Underpinned by our HNC Quantity Surveying Management programme.
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Healthcare Assistant Practitioner
Level 5 - Underpinned by our FdSc Health and Social Care programmes.
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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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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 Graduate Jobs 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.

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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