Apprenticeship Information for Managers

Apprenticeship Information for Managers

This page provides more detailed information for managers on the background to this apprenticeship scheme and how it works in practice.

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a job which is accompanied by training, enabling the development of knowledge, skills and behaviours relevant to the staff member’s chosen profession.  A wide range of courses are available, including degree and masters level programmes. Both new and existing members of staff can apply for apprenticeship training.

What subjects can be studied?

There are a range of apprenticeships available with many more currently being developed.  Subjects include leadership and management, digital skills, customer service, finance and administration.

What are the benefits of apprenticeships?

Research has shown that apprenticeships increase staff loyalty, morale and retention and improve productivity. The training model enables the staff member to gain new knowledge and apply it immediately, which has enhanced benefits for the immediate and wider team in which they are working.  Although they require a commitment of time (usually 20% of the staff member’s working time for the duration of the apprenticeship), learning may be delivered flexibly for example through online modules and visiting tutors.  Apprenticeships can address the skills gaps within your department, bring fresh, new ideas and ways of working to your team, help you to retain and develop skilled staff members and provide progression pathways for your staff.

What does it cost?

Apprenticeships have different costs depending on their duration and level. Subject to approval from the applicant’s manager and the selection panel, training costs can be funded through the University’s Apprenticeship Levy Scheme.  After they have enrolled on the course the staff member should continue to be paid their wage as usual.  In exceptional circumstances, there may be additional costs (for example, professional registration fees) which need to be paid from local budgets.  Where applicable, these will be discussed with you before the apprenticeship commences.

Can anyone be an apprentice?

The majority of our staff, regardless of age, background, grade, contracted hours or previous learning, will be eligible for apprenticeship funding through the levy. Contact us for more information on apprenticeship funding and eligibility.

Can the apprentice study in their own time?

Government funding rules state that the studying element of the apprenticeship must be completed in the apprentice’s paid work time, and that this should constitute 20% of their working hours.

What do I need to consider before supporting my team member's application?

A professional or management apprenticeship programme is an excellent opportunity to retain and develop talented staff and develop the skills needed within your team.  Because these courses provide professional qualifications they do require a commitment over a long period of time, since most apprenticeships last between 1 and 4 years.  To gain the benefits of enhanced skill levels within your team, managers need to commit to releasing the individual from their regular duties for around 20% of their contracted hours for the duration of the programme while maintaining all of their conditions of employment, such as pay, job title and contracted hours. This time won’t necessarily mean time out of the office, as most training providers can offer flexible study options including online learning and visiting tutors.  You may also be asked to participate in meetings with your team member’s tutor to discuss their progress.