Higher and Degree Apprenticeships

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Higher and Degree Apprenticeships offer an innovative and cost-effective way of attracting and retaining high-calibre employees and graduates to your business. Since April 2017, large employers (with a pay bill of over £3 million) pay the government Apprenticeship Levy, making higher and degree apprenticeships a cost effective way to fill your graduate level skills gaps.

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.

The 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 advertises higher and degree apprenticeships in south west England - helping you recruit the best talent for your businesses needs.

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