Degree apprenticeships at Sussex

Degree apprenticeships give employers and their people the skills, knowledge and support they need to thrive in a modern business environment. Contact our Apprenticeship team to explore how our programmes can benefit your business.

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Our degree apprenticeship programmes

As a distinguished institution in the South East, our world-class research and industry collaboration define our teaching, providing your business apprentices with a competitive edge. 

We partner with local employers, customising business apprenticeship programmes to meet the skills gaps in your business.

Your business will benefit from:

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What degree apprenticeships are available

Why invest in University of Sussex apprenticeships

By partnering with us, your people will benefit from the latest industry-focused training. 

University of Sussex business apprentices receive:

  • access to experienced professionals who teach our programmes
  • industry-standard facilities and an inspiring research-led study environment
  • curriculums designed in partnership with industry leaders
  • the opportunity to work in a research-intensive environment, which sparks innovation.

We are part of the Surrey and Sussex Institute of Technology which focuses on providing flexible and affordable higher-level education and training in engineering and manufacturing, digital technologies, construction, planning and the built environment, and sustainable technologies.

We have proven expertise in working with businesses locally and nationally and have strong links within the local infrastructure. The University of Sussex contributes £495 million each year to the UK economy and supports more than 7,800 jobs. (Our economic impact : Rankings and figures : About us : University of Sussex, 2023).

  • How apprenticeships are funded

    Business apprenticeships are funded from the employer’s Apprenticeship Levy, which is applicable to organisations with a pay bill of more than £3 million annually and the Government will also provide an annual allowance of £15,000 so employers can draw down the full amount of their levy funds to spend on business apprenticeship training.

    For companies with a pay bill less than £3 million, employers pay 5% and the Government pays 95% to the business apprenticeships provider.

    For companies with a pay bill of less than £3 million and more than 50 employees, the Government funds 100% of the apprenticeships.

    For companies with fewer than 50 employees, there is the chance to apply for a local levy transfer programme. 

    You can use the Best Apprenticeships Apprenticeship Levy Calculator to work out if your organisation will pay into the levy, estimate how much you’ll have to spend on business apprenticeship training, and calculate the Government’s contribution towards the cost of training.

  • How we support employers

    We advise you about all aspects of a business apprenticeship programme.

    We will work with you to understand your business and skills priorities, and will advise you on how our apprenticeships can help your organisation.

    We can support you in setting up your Apprenticeship Service Levy account and create a record for each of your business apprentices. You can also ask us to do this for you.

    We will also work with you to create all mandatory documentation (Apprenticeship Agreement and Training Plan) and through our Contract for Services we will ensure that you meet your own evidence requirements during the life of the business apprenticeship.

    We will also hold a termly Tripartite Review with your apprentice and their line manager or mentor to review progress and readiness for the End Point Assessment. We will record and track any actions agreed.

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