Degree Apprenticeship information for employers

Degree Apprenticeships provide an opportunity to support the diversification of your workforce, and engage students from backgrounds who may not be attracted by more traditional forms of study.  At the University of Birmingham we are proud of the work we do to widen participation in Higher Education, and to support social mobility in the professions.

What are the benefits of apprenticeships for employers?

Employers can benefit from developing apprenticeships as part of their workforce plans in a number of ways:

  1. Address skills gaps
  2. Upskill and retain existing talent
  3. Recruit new talent into the business

How can an employer pay for apprenticeship training?

If your company is a levy-paying organisation, you can pay for degree apprenticeship training at the University of Birmingham through your Apprenticeship Levy Account.

For further information on the Apprenticeship Levy, see the Government website.

What are the apprentice requirements?

Apprentices must:

  • Be at least 16 years old (there is no upper age limit)
  • Meet the entry requirements for the course
  • Have the right to work in England
  • Spend at least 50% of their working hours in England over the duration of the apprenticeship
  • Be contracted to work a minimum of 30 hours per week

Apprentices must be paid at least their age-related Apprentice National Minimum Wage.

Why choose the University of Birmingham?

The University of Birmingham has been educating students for over a century, and we have a wealth of experience in partnering with business and industry to find solutions to real world issues and to deliver bespoke, innovative education and training.

Our diverse portfolio of programmes, from science and engineering through to business and law, means that we have the expertise to meet your requirements and your apprentices will benefit from exposure to sector-leading research and Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) rated gold-standard teaching.

What are the next steps?

If you are interested in finding out more, please email

Useful links for employers

Apprenticeship funding rules and guidance for employers

Apprenticeship Levy

Employer complaints procedure 

Statement of approach to apprentice subcontracting