Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week 2018

AMRC apprentice

This year we want to celebrate NAW by showing how our apprentices enhance our workforce and encouraging teams across the University to consider how they might benefit from apprenticeships.

We have always valued apprenticeships at our University and as a major UK, city and regional employer, we want to diversify and increase the number of apprentices we employ.

We need colleagues to join us in our Apprenticeship drive

  • Do you need to do things differently in your team?
  • Apprentices offer a different point of view!
  • Are you reviewing your team’s structure?
  • An apprentice could offer you greater flexibility and a ready-made succession plan!
  • Do you have development needs in the team?
  • Apprenticeships are available for existing staff and include up to the equivalent of master’s level!


Apprenticeships have changed

As a large employer, the University pays an Apprenticeship Levy. Our Levy pot is topped up by 10% by the government and we can use this to pay for apprenticeships for new and existing staff.

Apprenticeships range from intermediate level (level 2 - GCSE) right through to master’s degree (level 7), and cover a variety of subjects from accounting to project management, business administration to laboratory technician, engineering to team leadership.

We already employ over 25 apprentices under seven different frameworks or standards, working in 14 different departments across the University. But we have scope to extend this further to ensure we make best use of our Levy.

Lab apprentices with Wyn and TracyApprenticeship steering group

Beth Asquith was appointed as Apprenticeship Project Manager in September 2017 to scope out apprenticeship opportunities for new and existing staff. Beth works with the established Apprenticeship Project Group and reports to the Apprenticeship Steering Group, chaired by Wyn Morgan and Tracy Wray, and will be coordinating the University’s approach to employing apprentices.

Beth said: “The Levy provides us with a fantastic opportunity to embed apprenticeships within the University, both for new and existing staff.

I'm very excited to be working with the Apprenticeship Project Group to further the University's commitment to apprenticeships and to be working with faculties and departments over the coming year to welcome apprentices across a variety of disciplines and levels.

"Get in touch to discuss how an apprenticeship could work for you.”

As an employer, apprenticeships offer a valuable opportunity to invest in the development of practical skills and experience for our future workforce

Tracy Wray & Wyn Morgan

Professor Wyn Morgan, Vice-President for Education, and Tracy Wray, Director of HR and Communications, who co-chair the steering group, said:

“We are encourag ed by the genuine interest in apprenticeships from across the University – it is fantastic to see that we are employing close to 30 apprentices undertaking a variety of different apprenticeships.

As an employer, apprenticeships offer a valuable opportunity to invest in the development of practical skills and experience for our future workforce. The variety of apprenticeship standards continues to grow and we urge you to consider how an apprenticeship could enhance you and your team, and the University.”

Ian PetleyResearching the value of apprenticeships

Our University is one of four partners in the government-funded research institute - The Centre for Vocational Education Research (CVER). Led by Professor Steven McIntosh, researchers from the Department of Economics contribute to this world-class research hub which is improving our understanding of the nature, significance and potential contribution of vocational education, including apprenticeships, to individuals and the wider economy.

We're sharing some surprising facts and figures from their research:

  • Completing an apprenticeship qualification gives you more earning power on average, increasing with the level of apprenticeship gained.
  • Apprentices are now more likely to be female (54%) than male (46%).
  • Apprenticeships no longer typically represent an entry route into employment, particularly for older workers. 36% of apprentices aged 16-18 already worked for their employer prior to starting their apprenticeship. For those aged 19-24 this figure is 61%, rising to 91% for those aged 25+.

Find out more about the work of our researchers on this project

ManagersReady to learn more? Explore our Managers’ Toolkit and detailed FAQ’s.

Manager's’ toolkit

Apprenticeship FAQs

We’ll also be holding regular workshops for managers on offering apprenticeships. Look out for details on the apprenticeship web pages of our next events.

For any other queries, or specific advice you can speak to your Faculty representative or your customary HR contact or get in touch with Beth, Apprenticeship Project Manager, by emailing tuos-apprenticeship-project@sheffield.ac.uk