degree apprenticeships at manchester metropolitan university

manchester metropolitan is a leading university provider of degree apprenticeships with a proven record of success.

with more than 2,000 apprentices enrolled, we are an ofsted grade 1 outstanding provider and the best rated university for degree apprenticeships (rate my apprenticeship awards, 2020).

we are already delivering degree apprenticeships with over 400 of the uk’s leading employers, including astrazeneca, barclays, ibm, bae systems, lloyds banking group, thales, asda and mcdonald’s as well as scores of smaller businesses. 

we also have well-established relationships with many public sector organisations including councils and nhs trusts, and we are a national exemplar for degree apprenticeships with smes (small business charter 2019).

all of this success is based on our strong partnerships with our employers.

every qualification is designed by an employer advisory board, which helps us shape our courses to directly meet the needs of business. visit our degree apprenticeships in development page for more information about how to be involved in the development of upcoming programmes.

when you partner with us, you and your apprentices will be supported throughout with:

  • a dedicated account manager
  • advice about funding and financial help from the government
  • assistance with recruitment, including vacancy alerts to potential candidates and space to exhibit at open days
  • a dedicated skills coach to provide your apprentice with pastoral and academic support

incentives are available to support employers who recruit new apprentices.

why offer degree apprenticeships?

  • apprentices develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours directly relevant to your business, often in key skills shortage areas
  • degree apprenticeships help attract and retain talented employees, providing a ladder of opportunity and progression - they are also a great way of improving the diversity of your workforce and social mobility
  • apprentices work on live projects devised by you, them and our tutors - maximising tangible business benefits
  • courses are supported by government funding and the apprenticeship levy scheme

how degree apprenticeships work

degree apprenticeships combine working with studying part-time at university.

apprentices are employed for at least as long as their course lasts. they can be new recruits or existing employees who want to gain new knowledge, skills and develop their career.

as well as learning new workplace skills, employees who complete their apprenticeship will graduate with a bachelors or masters degree.

apprentices have the same employment rights as other employees and are covered by our whistleblowing policy. they are paid a salary and given paid time off to study, complete coursework and attend university.

study patterns vary depending on the course and employer needs – eg day release each week, or three-day block delivery with online learning. apprenticeships take between two and four years to complete, depending on the course.

large employers can use their apprenticeship levy contributions to pay for the cost of the course. the government will pay 95% of the course fees for smaller firms who do not pay the apprenticeship levy.

find out more about funding

the university are leading the way as an apprenticeship provider. we enrolled our first set of colleagues last year, and so far the programme has been beneficial to the individuals and the feedback has been brilliant.
sam davys
early careers manager, talktalk
the university are leading the way as an apprenticeship provider. we enrolled our first set of colleagues last year, and so far the programme has been beneficial to the individuals and the feedback has been brilliant.
sam davys
early careers manager, talktalk

employers we work with

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united utilities

NHS manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

nhs manchester university trust

award-winning apprenticeships

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ofsted outstanding provider

"leaders have a clear vision to provide high quality programmes…to make higher education accessible and beneficial for all."

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rate my apprenticeship awards

manchester metropolitan was voted the uk's top university training provider.

Digital Apprenticeship Provider of the Year 2020 Winner badge

aac digital award winner

manchester metropolitan won digital apprenticeship provider of the year.

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small business charter

small business charter status recognises the university's support for small businesses.

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aacsb accredited

our business school is accredited by the association to advance collegiate schools of business.

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association of mbas

the association of mbas has accredited the manchester metropolitan business school.

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european quality improvement system

accreditation from european quality improvement system has been secured by our business school.