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Higher and Degree Apprenticeships

Higher and Degree Apprenticeships offer an innovative and cost-effective way of attracting and retaining high-calibre employees and graduates to your business.


From April 2017, large employers (with a pay bill of over £3 million) will begin paying the government’s new Apprenticeship Levy, meaning now is the time to consider higher and degree apprenticeships to fill your graduate level skills gaps. For more inforamtion on the levy go to:

Employers with a pay bill of less than £3 million will not pay the Apprenticeship Levy but are still eligible for government funding to access Higher Level and Degree Apprenticeships.

Recruiting a Higher or Degree Apprentice also brings financial benefits, even if your business isn't paying the Apprenticeship Levy.

First step is to decide to employ an apprentice, then to identify a training provider. When you are ready to recruit, that's where we come in!

Gradsouthwest is now advertising Higher and Degree apprenticeships in South West England - helping you recruit the best talent for your businesses needs.

Click here to see our current Higher / Degree Apprenticeship vacancies.


Levels of apprenticeship

Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels:



Equivalent educational level



5 GCSE passes at grades A* to C



2 A level passes


4,5,6 and 7

Foundation degree and above


6 and 7

Bachelor’s or master’s degree