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Why choose an apprenticeship with UEL?

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Surveying used to be a male-dominated industry and Ciera wanted to change this. She decided to study an apprenticeship at University of East London because it gave her practical skills alongside academia.
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Strong links with industry

Many national and international employers have been making substantial contributions to the development of our programmes.

Flexibility is the key

Apprentices with appropriate accredited Level 4 and Level 5 qualifications will be able to gain advanced entry to their chosen programme.

Global recognition

Our programmes are accredited by leading professional bodies such as the CMI, Tech Partnership, ICE, IStructE, CIHT, National Midwifery Council (NMC), Health & Care Professionals Council (HCPC) and IHE.

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a real job with training, which allows apprentices to earn while they learn. Through the apprenticeship, apprentices will gain the technical knowledge, practical experience and wider skills and behaviours they need for their role. The apprentice gains this through formal off-the-job training and the opportunity to practice these new skills in a real work environment.

Higher And Degree Apprenticeships

  • They offer an alternative route to higher education for those who would prefer to start employment
  • The individual does not apply directly to the University but instead finds a job with an employer who is recruiting apprentices in the field of study
  • The employer and government meet the training fees. This means the apprentice can be tuition fee free
  • They provide employers the opportunity to grow their own talent in professional roles either by upskilling existing employees or by engaging new staff as apprentices
  • Apprentices can gain a full Foundation Degree (Level 4) Bachelor's (Level 6) or Master's (Level 7) and several years of work experience at the same time
  • Study at UEL fits around the job commitment and is agreed with the employer
  • Apprentices 18 or over and living in a London borough could get subsidised travel in their first year of an Apprenticeship. See the TFL website for details
  • Designed with trailblazer companies, UEL's apprenticeship degrees and higher qualifications provide not only high quality academic learning but also ensure that graduates are highly skilled professionals with transferable skills for lifelong employability

Apprenticeship standards

UEL's apprenticeship scheme focuses on sectors where there are skills shortages.  We currently offer the following degree apprenticeships within our schools.

Apprenticeship standards in progress

  • Social worker (Integrated Degree)
  • Clinical Associate in Psychology (CAP - Integrated Degree)
  • Advanced Clinical Practitioner (Integrated Degree)
  • Public Health Practitioner (Integrated Degree)
  • Senior Journalist
  • Learning and Skills
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Senior People Professional

All apprenticeship standards have a qualification attached to them and apprentices study with us for 20% of their workday. All apprentices are employed in a full-time job associated with the apprenticeship. A formal assessment is carried out towards the end of programme of study. This is known as the end point assessment.


Levy paying employers

If your organisation's wage bill is over £3m, then you are automatically paying 0.5% of your wage bill into a levy account to fund apprenticeships. If you haven't already set up a digital account to be able to see your levy account balance you can create one now. If you need guidance on how to do this, please contact us.

Once your account is up and running, you will start to see your monthly levy payments in your account. There is a fixed annual allowance of £15,000 which is used to offset against the levy and for every £1 you pay into your account the Government contributes 10p. Your levy payments and the Government's contribution can only be used towards the cost of apprenticeship training.

Non-Levy paying employers

The Government now funds 95% of the cost of training and assessment for an apprentice with the remaining 5% contribution or co-investment paid by you. This contribution is paid directly to the training provider. You can spread your contribution with us over monthly payments.

Are you an employer wanting to upskill or hire an apprentice?

UEL's experienced apprenticeship team will guide you as the employer through the process of hiring an apprentice.  An organisational training needs analysis will be completed with the employer to identify skills shortages and establish the business needs. 

Employers will receive £3,000 for hiring new employees as an apprentice of any age who started their apprenticeship from 1 April 2021 to 30 September 2021. The incentive payment is in addition to the £1,000 employers already receive for hiring an apprentice aged 16 to 18 years old.

Learn more about the apprenticeship funding rules on the government website.

Apprentice employer enquiries:

The benefits of hiring an apprentice

Hiring an apprentice is a productive and effective way to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled, loyal, and qualified workforce.

Our recent employer survey statistics show:

  • 88% of employers said the overall quality of apprenticeships at UEL is at an excellent or good standard
  • 82% of employers said they were kept informed about employee progress
  • 94% of employers said the professionalism and effectiveness of University staff they deal/dealt with was at a good or excellent standard
  • 94% of employers found recruiting and enrolling an apprentice on to a UEL programme was at an excellent or good standard.

Hiring an apprentice provides employers the opportunity to grow their own talent in professional roles either by upskilling existing employees or by engaging new staff as apprentices. Apprentices can gain a full Foundation Degree (Level 4), Bachelor's Degree (Level 6) or Master's Degree (Level 7) and several years of work experience at the same time.

Becoming an apprentice

Would you like to get paid whilst working towards a higher or degree level qualification? Apprenticeships provide a great way to combine work with study, enabling learners to earn a salary at the same time as studying for a qualification.

As an apprentice, you will spend at least 20% of your working hours studying for a degree. This means that you would be employed to perform a specific job role and, at the same time, would study the subject specific to your Apprenticeship at the University of East London.

Your first step to become an apprentice is to find a job in your chosen area with an employer who will be able to support you through an apprenticeship. You must be working between 30-40 hours per week and, as an apprentice, you are guaranteed a minimum wage. As an apprentice you will be entitled to the same benefits as other employees within your organisation such as holiday and pension.

How to find vacancies

If you are looking for apprenticeship opportunities, job sites such as Indeed and Reed advertise apprentice-level jobs across all sectors. If you know which area you are interested in, have a search of employers in those areas and look directly on their websites.

Not Going to Uni is a good site to visit to find opportunities across the country. You can browse current apprenticeship vacancies on the National Apprenticeship Website

Apprentice enquiries:

Jake McMahon (former apprentice)

"I think degree apprenticeships are amazing. I think they're a great opportunity not only for apprentices, but they're also great for employers and the wider community because they enable us to fill the skills shortages."

contact us

If you would like to find out more about our degree apprenticeship programmes, please contact the apprenticeship team at degreeapprenticeships@uel.ac.uk.

Featured apprenticeship

Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship - BSc (Hons) Professional Policing degree

Part-time, work-based (3 years)

The University of East London is working in partnership with Babcock International and three other universities to deliver the Metropolitan Police Service, Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship.

This combines on the job learning whilst working towards a fully funded degree, all while earning a competitive salary and making a difference to London communities.

Most of your training will take place on the job, working alongside experienced police officers in one of 12 Basic Command Units across London. This course is delivered through work-based study and attendance at a London university campus.

The Met also offers a part-time PC career route where new joiners can now train and start their service on a part-time basis.

Apply through the Metropolitan Police recruitment website