The University of Suffolk is working with a range of employers in the development and delivery of Apprenticeships. Apprentices would normally have already completed a Level 3 apprenticeship or Level 3 qualifications (eg. A Levels, BTEC) or have significant relevant work experience in order to be considered for a Higher or Degree Apprenticeship.
Apprenticeships provide the opportunity for students to combine work and study - applying their academic studies to their job role, organisation and industry in order to become academically confident and skilled employees. Higher and Degree Apprenticeships can take 12-48 months to complete. Apprentices will spend at least 20% of their contracted hours of employment in off-the-job training, which could be a combination of studies at the University and training offered by the employer. The University and employer will agree study methods, which would normally be either day-release or block teaching (eg. one full week of University study followed by four weeks of full-time work), but apprentices will also normally have some online teaching or project-work.
Apprenticeships are funded by employers, which means apprentices will not have to pay any of their training costs.
In order to complete an apprenticeship, Apprentices must undertake a range of assessments throughout their studies, culminating in an End Point Assessment (EPA). The academic assignments, exams and projects will lead to the Apprentice being awarded a University of Suffolk Foundation Degree (Level 5), Bachelor Degree (Level 6) or Master's Degree (Level 7); but the Apprenticeship will not be completed until the EPA has also been passed. The requirements of the EPA will vary depending on the Apprenticeship, but it may require the Apprentice to keep an e-portfolio of their work throughout the Apprenticeship.
Apprenticeships at the University of Suffolk
The University of Suffolk is already delivering the following Apprenticeships, with further areas currently under development.
- Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship: This is a 36-48 month course, taught normally on a day-release basis in the University's Business School. Successful apprentices will be awarded the BA (Hons) Business Management Professional.
- Digital and Technology Solutions Professional Degree Apprenticeship: This 36-48 month course is taught on a day-release basis in the University's Department of Science and Technology. Apprentices will study on a Network Engineering or Software Engineering pathways and the course is accredited by Tech Partnerships. Successful apprentices will be awarded the BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions Professional.
- Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Higher Apprenticeship: This is a level 5 course taught over 24 months on a block teaching basis. Apprentices undertake the majority of their training in their NHS Trust or at a Trust close to their place of work. Successful apprentices are awarded a FdSc Health and Wellbeing. Apprentices will normally be working within an NHS Trust, and prospective apprentices should therefore contact their Trust's Education Lead or Human Resources department for information on undertaking an apprenticeship. The University works with NHS Trusts and other health partners across the East of England.
- Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship: This Level 6 course is taught over 24-48 months depending on the entry point of the Apprentice. Apprentices will normally be working within an NHS Trust, and prospective apprentices should therefore contact their Trust's Education Lead or Human Resources department for information on undertaking an apprenticeship. The University works with NHS Trusts and other health partners across the East of England.
The University is developing new Apprenticeships as Apprenticeship Standards are approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships. Current areas of development are: Social Work, Police Officer and Cyber Security. The University is also exploring the Level 7 Leadership and Management.
- Template Commitment Statement - if you enrol onto one of our Apprenticeships, the Commitment Statement is a document that will be signed by you, the University and your employer. It will outline the planned content and schedule for training, expectations of the apprenticeship, and how to resolve queries or complaints. It is a requirement of the funding for the Apprenticeship that this is signed, and the above is an example of how this might look, as each one will be specific to the Apprentice.