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Higher and Degree apprenticeships at Salford

Nov 10, 2017

Our degree apprenticeship offering has made some great headway over the past couple of years. In 2016,16 BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying apprentices joined us, with a further 50 signing up for September 2017 entry across our portfolio of apprenticeship programmes. In January 2018, we are further expanding our portfolio to include additional apprenticeship programmes and starts in the areas of health and digital / ICT.



What are degree apprenticeships?

Degree apprenticeships offer students an alternative to traditional university study. An apprenticeship is first and foremost a job with substantial training including transferable skills. It is a way for people of all ages to earn while they learn, gaining a degree level  qualification and professional competencies and skills. Apprentices must be in paid employment for the duration of their apprenticeship, and will combine work with studying for an academic qualification. Apprenticeships form part of the government’s skills strategy to achieve three million apprenticeship starts by summer 2020. They are funded by employers and government and aim to develop and upskill a business’ workforce in a cost-effective manner. Apprentices benefit from on-the-job training while earning a salary and achieving a full bachelor’s degree.

Current programmes

Our current degree apprenticeships (L6) include:

·         Chartered Surveyor – Quantity

·         Chartered Surveyor – Building

·         Chartered Manager

·         Health Care Science Practitioner

Our current higher apprenticeships include:

·         Operations/Departmental Manager (L5)

·         Associate Project Manager (L4)

·         Senior Housing/Property Management (L4)

Launching in 2018

The following programmes are scheduled to launch next year:

•       Leadership and Management (Senior Leader) - MSc Management (Degree Apprenticeship)

•       Civil Engineer - BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering (Degree Apprenticeship)

•       HR Consultant/Partner – FdSc Human Resource Management

·         Laboratory Scientist – BSc Chemistry (Levels 5 and 6)

In the pipeline

Alongside our current portfolio of programmes, we are also developing programmes in the following areas:

·         Construction Site Management

·         Nursing

·         Digital

·         Health

·         Engineering

“In line with the University’s ICZ priority and in response to the growing demand from employers and individuals, we are focused on growing our apprenticeship portfolio significantly over the next five years, particularly in the areas of digital, health and engineering,” said Paul Ward, Interim Director of the Academic Business Development Office. “ You'll see us at open days and school and college events, as well as on the ground liaising with employers directly.”

Staff development workshops

We are running monthly degree apprenticeship staff development workshops to raise awareness of our apprenticeship offer and help support staff in the process of developing and delivering degree apprenticeship programmes. Our first workshop delivered  on Wednesday 8th November is set to be repeated on Monday 18 December and you will be able to sign up for further workshops via Advantage so keep an eye out for future sessions. Find out more about the workshops here. Everybody is welcome!

Sign up for the next workshop

If you would like any further information or have questions about the programmes we currently run here at the university, please do get in touch at