How to Recruit an Apprentice

Degree Apprenticeships are a great solution for developing new skills within your existing workforce and also for bringing an injection of enthusiastic and enterprising talent into your organisation.

We are here to support you to identify the most suitable candidates for your roles, who can rapidly progress within your business as they develop the new capabilities that result from studying an apprenticeship.

We work closely with our employer partners to help broaden the diversity of their applicants. 

Online and  Candidate Database

We would recommend that you advertise apprenticeship roles on your own website and follow the usual recruitment process and channels that you would for any other vacancy.

We build an extensive database of more than 2,000 potential apprentice candidates each year, who register through our website, at our open evenings or at school or college events: our dedicated liaison officer speaks to over 4,500 young people about Degree Apprenticeships annually. We will advertise your vacancies through e-bulletins to our candidate database, and through our social media pages.

We will also support you to list your vacancy on the National Apprenticeship Service website, the most widely used portal for apprenticeships nationwide.

Open Evenings

Our Apprenticeship open evenings, which are run approximately three times per year, provide employers with a great opportunity to make direct connections with potential candidates. The exhibition at our open evening is a lively space, where interested applicants will be looking for information about you as an employer and your roles.

Assessment Centres

We can facilitate assessment centres, where you can observe and interact with a pool of candidates, while they complete task-based activities, individually and in groups. This service is offered complimentary to our employer partner organisations when organised at our Manchester campus.

Other options

There are many other third-party recruitment tools available for advertising your role and we would be happy to discuss these options with you. Please contact us for more information.

Degree apprentice eligibility

Please note that degree apprentice applicants must meet the minimum entry requirements as outlined for each programme and be aged 18 years or over at the start of the programme.

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Employer Values and Commitments

Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to open up new entry routes into organisations and a positive channel for increasing the diversity of a workforce. Therefore, we would expect employers to demonstrate a commitment to equal opportunities throughout their recruitment process and during the apprentices period of employment.

As an apprentice employer, we expect organisations: 

  • to offer a minimum salary of £12,000 per year and offer clear progression routes for an apprentice's development throughout the period of their programme
  • to provide a contract of employment for at least 30 hours per week that is, as a minimum, equal to the expected duration of the apprenticeship
  • to release students to attend study days during their normal working hours and also allocate off-the-job time to complete any independent study
  • to allocate a mentor, who can guide the apprentice's development and liaise with the University to regularly review progress.
  • Provide a safe, secure and supportive working environment.

The University provides a half-day training workshop for managers and mentors of apprentices to help them effectively guide an apprentices development and prepare a toolkit for managing common workplace scenarios.