The Sustainable Degree Apprenticeships report is part of a research project generously funded by education charity Edge Foundation, led by MDX with Staffordshire University, Sheffield Hallam University and the University Vocational Awards Council as the other partners. The research set out to investigate what changes to higher education structures and practices are needed for degree apprenticeships to be delivered sustainably in the long term and to identify obstacles to success.
The report includes summaries of interviews with university staff, employers and apprentices, and a survey of providers, employers and apprentices asking to what extent degree apprenticeships meet the objectives of increasing social mobility, productivity and sustainability. It makes recommendations under six headings for providers, employers and government. The research has previously been presented at four dissemination events over the past six months, including a conference at MDX in early March.
We've put together some guidance to help you understand how to pay for your apprenticeship and to get value from your investment.
In April 2017, the Government introduced a compulsory levy for all companies with an annual payroll of more than £3m. The amount you pay will be 0.5% of your total payroll costs and it is collected through PAYE. The money you pay is topped up with 5% by the Government.
If you're a business in England, you can directly access their money through the Digital Apprenticeships Service. You can also select training providers and assessors, pay for training, and post vacancies. If you don't spend the money on apprenticeship training then it expires 24 months after it's issued.
If you're a non-levy paying employer then you'll share the cost of training and assessing your apprentices with government – this is called ‘co-investment’.
You'll pay 5% of the cost of training your apprentice and the government will pay 95% up to the funding band maximum.
If you're an employer paying the apprenticeship levy, you can make a transfer to fund apprenticeships in another organisation. Get more information from gov.uk.
If you don't pay the levy, register on the Find an Apprenticeship Service to receive a transfer from another employer.
Middlesex University are responsible for the quality of apprenticeship on-programme learning, teaching, training and assessment delivered by approved subcontractors. The University will manage and monitor all subcontractors to ensure high quality delivery is taking place that meets ESFA funding rules. Middlesex will carry out regular and substantial quality assurance monitoring of on programme learning, teaching, training and assessment.
In all cases, Middlesex University will check apprentice status and eligibility in accordance with ESFA funding rules. Monitoring of subcontractors will also involve direct observation of initial guidance and assessment as well as delivery of on-programme learning, teaching, training and assessment.
We can make sure you get the most out of a degree apprenticeship by helping you to:
We can support you to recruit the right people. We can help you assess new candidates and existing members of your workforce who want to join the degree programme.
Middlesex University’s Centre for Apprenticeships and Skills will provide the professional support you need to understand what you're required to do when employing an apprentice. We can guide you through initial legal and operational compliance, and further support you throughout the apprenticeship journey. We can also help you set up and access your digital levy payments to fund your apprenticeships.
Apprentices are part of our student community - like any other learner. They can make the most of our outstanding learning environment and be supported by University tutors to help them achieve their learning goals.