Aston University has a growing range of degree apprenticeships in the business, IT, engineering and healthcare sectors, with employer partners including Microsoft, Capgemini, Specsavers and Arts Council England.  

But don’t just take our word for it: we asked students, employees and employers to share their apprenticeship experiences. 


Here’s what other Aston apprentices had to say… 

Level 6

Pallavi Boppana

Pallavi BoppanaPallavi Boppana | Degree apprentice graduate, Capgemini 

"Doing an apprenticeship has helped me learn on the job and given me confidence in myself. I now have six years of industry experience and a first class degree, the opportunities are endless." 


Matt Gill

Matt GillMatt Gill | Degree apprentice at Payara 

"My degree apprenticeship has given me the perfect leg-up into the industry by allowing me to gain experience from day one. It's also giving me the chance to acquire a degree level education so that I'll never run the risk of losing out on future opportunities based on a lack of qualifications." 


Liz Barker

Liz BarkerLiz Barker | Degree apprentice at Queen Elizabeth Hospital 

"Developing my skills and knowledge further has been great. I’m enjoying the challenges of education and I know my apprenticeship will give me the ability to help my patients even more than I can now.”


Adam Cook

Adam CookAdam Cook | Digital and Technology Solutions degree apprentice at Anglian Water 

"My degree apprenticeship has been everything I expected and more. One of the key things I was looking for when researching degree apprenticeship was a company that I saw myself staying with for a long period of time, and I can definitely say how much I already love working at Anglian Water."


Level 7

Lucy Swindle

Lucy SwindleLucy Swindle | Management of Manufacturing MBA apprentice at James Walker & Co Ltd  

"Studying an MBA as an apprentice will allow me to be the best that I can be in my current role as Shift Manager: operations, while allowing me to develop myself at a higher level. My MBA will also diversify me from other candidates when applying for future roles and progression opportunities."


Martyn Thomas

Martyn ThomasMartyn Thomas | Executive Apprenticeship MBA apprentice at Specsavers 

"Through my MBA I’ll gain an improved financial understanding and a better business head to make effective decisions when running my businesses. Should I decide to one day relinquish my role in this area of business having a recognised business qualification could allow me to work elsewhere." 


Salla Virman

Salla VirmanSalla Virman | Executive Apprenticeship MBA apprentice at Arts Council England

“In addition to a recognised qualification, I am hoping to gain new knowledge, experiences, expertise in my field and business contacts. I am hoping the studies together with the Aston Edge professional development will develop me as a leader and a thinker through positive challenges.” 


Tom Driscoll

Tom DriscollTom Driscoll | Management of Manufacturing MBA apprentice at the Manufacturing Technology Centre 

“The MBA will supplement my engineering background with strong skills in areas such as finance, marketing, strategy and leadership and to apply this directly within my work at the MTC. The skills and knowledge I will develop through the MBA will allow me to make the next step in my career.”