University offers a host of professional apprenticeships to help employers, thanks to apprenticeship levy

Whether you are an employee looking to gain new professional qualifications to boost your career or a business with a skills gap in your workforce, an apprenticeship scheme could be the answer.

Now is the perfect time to discover more about this fantastic route into learning and start the process of enrolling for one of the degree apprenticeships at Leeds Trinity University.

National World, the publishing company behind the Yorkshire Evening Post, is hosting the highly acclaimed West Yorkshire Apprenticeship Awards. And again this year Leeds Trinity University is one of the sponsors for the event which will see hundreds of attendees, including apprentices, training providers, and businesses championing apprenticeship programs.

Boost skills and help your business

If you are employed but are interested in part-time study for a Higher Education qualification (up to degree level and at postgraduate level) then an apprenticeship at Leeds Trinity University could help you do that, whilst still working.

The courses are designed in collaboration with employers. As an employer there are many ways you can benefit through upskilling your staff. Apprenticeships are a cost-effective way to attract and retain talent, they can fill skills gaps, help your business to grow, keep on top of the latest advances in technology and to  increase productivity.

Leeds Trinity University say that after finishing their qualifications 71% of degree apprentices stay with their employer and 89% of employers report that apprentices have helped their business by improving the quality of their product or service.

Apprenticeships at Leeds Trinity University

More than 200 local and national employers have signed staff up for apprenticeship studies at Leeds Trinity, and the university has trained more than 850 apprentices.

The university, whose Main Campus is based in Horsforth, recently announced it was adding a city centre location with its new Leeds City Campus which will open in the 2024/25 academic year.

Leeds Trinity is currently accepting applications for apprenticeship schemes which will start from September 2024.

What does it cost?

It won’t cost employees a penny.

Larger businesses (those with a pay-bill of over £3million) pay a levy which helps fund the apprenticeship, but small to medium enterprises can apply for Government funding, which can cover 95 per cent of the cost of putting a staff member through an apprenticeship – and if all this is new to you, then Leeds Trinity University’s apprenticeship team can help you through the process of applying for funding from start to finish.

And, of course, as a business you will have to be able to release staff from work on the days they attend university, support them in their studies and pay their salaries throughout.

As an employee you need to be in work and have the agreement of your employer – but it’s worth reaching out to the University now to find out what courses are available and how it might help boost your career.

How do I study and work?

At Leeds Trinity University the learning comes in blocks – so you will get a block of time at the new campus in Leeds to focus on the learning for your chosen qualification. This might be a two or three-day release from work for example, which will give you time to immerse yourself in the learning and get the maximum benefit from the lecturers and all the support available at the University.

Each apprenticeship varies in terms of length of study time with some taking 18 months and other qualifications, such as full degrees, taking three to four years.

What kind of qualifications are on offer?

Leeds Trinity University Degree Apprenticeships focus on a full Level 6 (Bachelor’s Degree) or Level 7 (Master’s level ) qualification, whilst  Higher Apprenticeships include Level 4 and Level 5 qualifications.  

Apprenticeships include the following courses:

·       Business to Business Sales Professional

·       Chartered Manager

·       Children, Young People & Families Practitioner

·       Children, Young People & Families Manager

·       Digital Marketer

·       Police Constable

·       Senior Leader

·       Systems Thinking Practitioner

·       Supply Chain Leadership Professional

·       Chartered Quantity Surveyor

Find out more

If you’d like to find out more about apprenticeships at Leeds Trinity University then check out more on the website here where you’ll find a full list of professional apprenticeship courses and can register your interest.

To apply you will need to have the support of your employer and you'll usually be employed for at least 30 hours per week.