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Introducing Apprenticeships

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 one to five years 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.

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