With the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in April 2017, demand for degree apprenticeships has risen and is expected to increase as employers opt to use their levy contributions to fund their staff through these programmes. Many business schools are already active in offering degree apprenticeships and the number is expected to grow in the coming years.
This page contains information and guidance for business schools on degree apprenticeships, including our reports and responses to government consultations. The Chartered ABS has formed an Apprenticeships Working Group to help steer our work to support member business schools and inform our engagement with government.
Degree apprenticeships offer students the opportunity to attain a full bachelor's or master's degree as part of their apprenticeship. This new type of programme has been offered by some universities since 2015 and combines working with studying part-time. Apprentices are employed throughout the programme, with some of their time allocated to university study and the rest with their employer. At the end of the programme, apprentices complete an assessment to evaluate both academic learning and occupational competence developed through on-the-job training.
An attraction is that degree apprenticeships will enable apprentices to gain a degree without having to pay tuition fees, as well as earning a salary from their employer. Apprenticeships are intended to give apprentices a head-start in their chosen profession by equipping them with the vocational skills needed to succeed in the workplace. Recruitment for degree apprenticeships is expected to be employer-driven, but both employers and universities will need to be satisfied as to the suitability of applicants.
Professor, Caroline Elliott, Deputy Dean Aston Business School (Chair)
Dharma Kovvuri, Dean, Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise (Vice Chair)
Alison Bragg, Principal Lecturer, Leicester Castle Business School
Dr Amir Michael, Associate Professor in Accounting, Durham University Business School
Professor Andrew Lymer, Professor of Accounting and Taxation, Birmingham Business School
Ayesha Owusu-Barnaby, Lecturer, London South Bank University, School of Business
Becky Quew-Jones, Course Leader for Human Resource Management Studies, University of Portsmouth Faculty of Business and Law
Dr Bill Russell, Director of Executive Education, University of Exeter Business School
Dr Fiona Robson, Reader in Teaching and Scholarship, Newcastle University Business School
Jane Howie, Career Development Manager, University of Leicester, School of Business
Jonathan Lawson, Head of Business Programmes, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School
Julie Strachan, Graduate Apprenticeship Development Lead, Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University
Karen Taylor, Course Director, Postgraduate Programmes, London Institute of Banking & Finance
Lisa Rowe, Director of Business Engagement and Partnerships, University of Chester Business School
Mark Hayes, Advisor Apprenticeship Programmes, Henley Business School
Dr Matthew Higgins, Associate Professor in Marketing, University of Leicester, Business School
Dr Matthias Hambach, Strategic Lead Degree Apprenticeships, York Management School
Dr Paul Smith, Faculty Head of Degree Apprenticeships, Programme Director, Faculty of Business, Law and Politics, University of Hull
Dr Rhidian Lewis, Associate Dean Enterprise & Employability, University of Bedfordshire, Business School
Stella McKnight, Director for Employer Partnerships, Winchester Business School
Dr Tim Sellick, Executive Director of Apprenticeship Programmes, Henley Business School
Dr Yvonne Moogan, Director of MBA, Associate Professor of On-Line Business Education, Leeds University Business School