Apprenticeships at Aston


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For queries about apprenticeships offered at Aston University, email: apprenticeships@aston.ac.uk

For queries about apprenticeships offered by external providers, email: orgdev@aston.ac.uk 

Queries about Recruitment? Contact the Recruitment Team.

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Apprenticeships have changed. Apprenticeships can now be accessed by anyone aged 16 to retirement either seeking employment or already in a job. Apprenticeships are available from GCSE level up to master’s degree level, covering an increasing number of professions, and with the University paying the new apprenticeship levy, the cost of an apprenticeship is likely to be already covered.  Apprenticeships are available to both new and existing staff.

An alternative way to develop your career

If you are already in work you may find yourself in the position where you are looking to:

  • improve your knowledge and skills to help further your career
  • improve your chances of being considered for a specific job
  • try something new.

Apprenticeships provide that opportunity, offering a combination of on-the-job training with classroom learning to develop the knowledge and skills you need to achieve a nationally recognised qualification and enhance your career prospects.

Apprenticeships are available to both new and existing staff. 

As the University is paying the apprenticeship levy, the cost of an apprenticeship is likely to be already covered. 



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An alternative way to build your team

An apprenticeship is a real job with training allowing the apprentice to achieve a nationally recognised qualification whilst earning a salary. Apprenticeships can:

  • enable us to grow our own talent and build a loyal and qualified workforce
  • help tackle skill shortages
  • attract enthusiastic talent with fresh ideas
  • can be tailored to specific job roles, making them flexible to your team’s / department’s needs
  • provide you with the skilled workers you need for the future
  • increase employee satisfaction and loyalty and help reduce staff turnover
  • be free – the university (in most circumstances) can draw down the levy to cover the cost of the apprenticeship.
Apprenticeships are available to both new and existing staff.

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Note for Managers 

New apprentices employed by the University will be paid as per the Apprenticeship Pay Scales which equates to 80% of the University salary scales.  There is no set grade for apprentices and we advise you to share your plans with your HR Business Partner who will also be able to undertake a Job Evaluation of the role to establish the grade.

Current salary scales for apprenticeships 

Please note that there will be no changes to the salaries of existing staff undertaking an apprenticeship. 

Over the course of their apprenticeship, apprentices (new employees and existing staff) are entitled to have on aggregate at least 20% of their working week allocated to their study which may include attendance at college, an on-site visit from a tutor or project work.

 To help managers discover the apprenticeships relevant to their areas of work, Organisational Development is able to search the Digital Apprenticeship Service for details of all current apprenticeships and their providers. 

 What does Aston provide?

Currently available:

 Coming soon:

  • Computer Science (masters level)
  • Healthcare Professional (degree level)
  • Professional Engineer Ordnance Munitions and Explosives (degree level)
  • Logistics and Supply Chain (degree level) 
  • Rail (degree level) 
  • Power Engineering (degree level) 

 Did you know... 

Aston University was the first university in the country to offer degree apprenticeships! Click here to find out more.