What is a Degree Apprenticeship?
Degree Apprenticeships are the newest member of the Apprenticeships team and just as the name suggests, employees will be able to work towards achieving a full bachelors degree qualification whilst earning a wage and avoiding the hefty tuition fees associated with going to university.
Employers are eligible for up to two thirds government funding towards the cost of the education they provide, offering a unique and cost-effective training solution tailored around the requirements of the business.
Introduced as of September 2015 the Degree Apprenticeship is still very much in its infancy so you won’t expect to find a marketing specific degree apprenticeship just yet, however the first degree apprenticeship currently being piloted is the:
Which is aimed at professional managers who may have significant experience but little formal development. The typical duration of the apprenticeship is four years and successful apprentices will become chartered Members of the Chartered Management Institute (CMgr MCMI).
The Degree Apprenticeship in Management is potentially applicable to marketing role profiles including:
Digital Marketing Manager
Sales & Marketing Manager
Head of Marketing
Check out this fact sheet for a more in-depth overview of the skills, knowledge and behaviour requirements of applicants for this programme.
Employers will set out their individual requirements, but most candidates will be expected to have:
- Minimum of grade C in GCSE Maths and English or equivalent
- Have obtained a level 3 qualification; or
- Have have suitable industry experience
How do I apply?
You will not find Management Degree Apprenticeship opportunities being advertised much to the general public just yet as this is an apprenticeship aimed at businesses who want to up-skill their existing managers.
It is the perfect opportunity for senior marketing staff who are responsible for the marketing at the strategic level of the business.
If you think you fit the criteria for the Management Degree Apprenticeship your next steps are to:
Speak to your employer to see whether this is something they would be willing to fund as part of your training and development, if you have a training budget then its should be a relatively easy sell as it offers exceptional good value for money and also as it takes up to four years its a long-term commitment on both parts.
If you do not have a training budget speak to your employer anyway and find out what the associated costs are from the nearest training provider, as up to two thirds are government funded it may be an option to fund the rest provided your employer is happy for you to do this.
Universities currently offering the Management Degree Apprenticeship and the relevant contact to get in touch with (click the name to send an email):
How is the work assessed?
- Development of a portfolio demonstrating learning and development activities with their application in the workplace
- Regular assessment involving employers and an assessor from the higher education provider
- Through evidence of 360-degree feedback within the development portfolio