Apprenticeships for business

Apprenticeships for employers

A degree apprenticeship combines academic study at university with on-the-job training in the workplace. Degree apprenticeships are a great way to attract and retain talent for your business, boost productivity and up-skill your workforce.

Designed for your business

This alternative route to higher level qualifications can be accessed by your current employees or used as a tool to attract new talent to your business.

  • Develop and up-skill your workforce in a cost-effective way.                     
  • Recruit and develop ambitious, motivated employees.                        
  • Increase retention by offering your workforce the chance to develop and progress.              
  • Retain your talent and gain access to a broader pool of employees.
  • Tailor learning to your business requirements.
  • Work around your commitments with flexible study options, including block delivery and online learning.

Find out how you can empower your workforce through degree apprenticeships. Download our employers' guide

A degree apprenticeship student

Work with us

Choose us to deliver your apprenticeship programmes, and you'll be joining the likes of  HMG PaintsEast Suffolk CouncilBardsley ConstructionAudasTMJ ContractorsFlagship GroupJackson JacksonWilliam HareSDA ConsultingBuckingham GroupEric WrightSeddon ConstructionJoinery WorkshopVermontRussells ConstructionStyles and WoodRobertsonMorgan SindallNorthwards HousingAE Yates and  NHS

To find out more about working with us, contact or call 0161 295 4612.

Our programmes

We offer undergraduate and postgraduate degree apprenticeship programmes across a range of subject areas, including business and management, engineering, health, construction and digital. Browse the list below for more details. 

Our programmes

Undergraduate degree apprenticeships

Chartered Surveyor
BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying

Chartered Surveyor
BSc (Hons) Building Surveying

Chartered Surveyor
BSc (Hons) Property and Real Estate

Chartered Manager
BSc (Hons) Business and Management

Healthcare Science Practitioner
BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science (pathology lab based)

Civil Engineer
BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering




Postgraduate degree apprenticeships

Senior Leader
The Salford MBA

Senior Leader
MBA: Executive Education Leadership

Digital and Technology Solutions
MSc Digital Technologies


Higher apprenticeships

Nursing Associate
FdSc Nursing Associate (Foundation Degree)


Programmes in development

We are continually developing our degree apprenticeship programmes. Programmes currently in development include: 

  • Laboratory Scientist – BSc (Hons) Chemistry
  • Senior Leader – MSc Leadership and Management
  • Chartered Manager – BSc (Hons) Housing Management and Practice
  • Social Work – BA (Hons) Social Work
  • Prosthetist/Orthotist – BSc (Hons) Prosthetics and Orthotics

Application Deadlines

Please be aware of the application deadlines below for each of our intakes. If an application hasn’t been received by this date, consideration will be given for the next available intake.

These dates allow us sufficient time to draw up and issue the employer evidence pack (contract etc.). Please also be aware that we will need to receive the completed employer evidence pack back prior to the apprentice starting the programme.*


June 2019 – Tuesday 30th April 2019

September 2019 – Wednesday 31st July 2019

January 2020 – Friday 29 November 2019

* Please note, only specific apprenticeship programmes have all three intakes. Please check your programme information for more details.

The apprenticeship levy

The apprenticeship levy was introduced in April 2017 and now requires all employers operating in the UK, with a pay bill of over £3 million annually, to invest in apprenticeships. 

The Government has also proposed to co-invest 90% of the costs of apprenticeship training for those businesses who will not be paying the levy.

Once payments have been declared to HMRC, employers will have access to a digital apprenticeship account from which they can access funding to pay for apprenticeship training.

Through the new Digital Apprenticeship Service, employers are able to choose their training providers, select organisations to assess their apprenticeships and post their apprenticeship vacancies. The Government will top up funding by 10%, meaning that for every £1 that enters the account, employers will have £1.10 to spend on training.

Employers are also able to transfer up to 10% of their levy funds to another employer.

Find out whether your organisation is paying the levy and how much you have available to spend on apprenticeships


If you want to learn more about degree apprenticeships, take a look through our frequently asked questions. If you have a question that isn't answered here, please contact us using the enquiry form below, or 0161 295 4612.

Choose your question

Who pays the apprentice's training costs?

Training costs are covered by levy funds in your digital account. Non-levy payers can receive 90% towards training costs from the Government via the co-investment model. Due to the nature of apprenticeships and how they are funded, apprentices will not be eligible for student finance - this includes tuition fee loans and maintenance loans.

Who recruits the apprentice?

As the employer, you are ultimately responsible for posting degree apprenticeship opportunities and deciding who you want for the position. We are also on hand to help with recruitment, ensuring you get the best person for the position.

Will the apprentice learn skills and knowledge that is relevant to my business?

Yes, you will be able to inform the course by working with us on the programme’s design and delivery.

Who is eligible for a degree apprenticeship?

Anyone over the age of 16 can apply for a degree apprenticeship as long as they meet the relevant entry criteria for the apprenticeship.

What degree apprenticeships are available at the University of Salford?

We currently offer a range of higher and degree apprenticeships in business, construction, engineering, health, leadership and management, and digital technology. Scroll up for more details on the programmes we offer and the courses we're developing. If you want to find out more about developing your workforce, please get in touch with us using the enquiry form below, or 0161 295 4612.  

How much time will the apprentice spend at work and at university?

Apprentices spend 80% of their time in at work and 20% in university. We have a range of course delivery modes including day-release, block delivery and online learning. The mode of study will depend on the programme the apprentice is on.

How long do apprenticeships take to complete?

This is dependent upon the programme but apprentices typically complete their degree within three to five years. Apprentices then have up to 12 months after graduation to complete their end-point assessment.

Who pays the apprentice's wage?

As the employer, you wll pay the apprentice’s wage, holiday pay, pension and any other benefits your employees receive. The funding you receive from the government (or the levy payments you choose to use) can only be used to cover training costs, not wages or any other benefits. Apprentices must be an employee on the first day of their apprenticeship.

Where can I get more information about degree apprenticeships?

Contact a member of our team using the enquiry form below, or 0161 295 4612, or visit the Government's website.

Get in touch

You can contact us using the enquiry form below, or 0161 295 4612.