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Higher Apprenticeships aka degree apprenticeships

Amanjit Dhillion - Tuesday, June 23, 2015


One of the most competitive alternatives to forking out for a university degree is the opportunity to start a higher-level apprenticeship. With 68% of employers expecting to need more staff with experience in leadership and management skills, there’s no wonder that this level of apprenticeship is on the rise! With the government is funding to support an extra 20,000 by July of this year there’s no wonder companies are offering more and more of this level of training, especially with the guarantee of additional government funding of £60m.

So lets break it down…What exactly can you benefit from by doing a higher apprenticeship?

Well the first clue is in the name; it’s a work-based programme designed to meet employers’ needs at a higher skills level, which is equivalent to qualifications in higher education. This can be the same as receiving the skills you’d learn during the first year at university such as: technical skills, professional skills and other business competencies. Some of the other qualifications that can fall under this apprenticeships level are:

  • Certificates of higher education
  • BTEC Professional diplomas
  • Diplomas of higher education
  • Bachelor degrees (Foundation and Honours)
  • Master degree levels
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    The different levels...

    Level 4/5: NVQ plus or foundation qualification, higher education certificate/diploma/foundation degree

    Level 6: Equivalent to a bachelor degree

    Level 7: Equivalent to a Masters degree, this takes apprentices up to chartered status’ (usually professional services e.g. ACA Accountancy)

    Working within an industry is becoming more and more popular, even included in university degrees themselves, as the need for practical experience is being noticed as a heightened value for applicants when apply for jobs in the future.

    Here at AIM Apprenticeships we focus on the quality of candidates and not solely the quantity of applicants that we send off. Spending this quality time with students building their CV, recognising their valuable skills and prepping with interview and industry advice we’re confident in sending them out to secure and role they go for. With higher level apprenticeships there’s a lot more attention from Sixth form leavers as an alternative to university, so being able to reach the same level of degree through training within a company we make it noticeable to them the value that this level of apprenticeship can be to them.  

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