Apprenticeship Unit

The Apprenticeship Unit is a small dedicated team based on the Carmarthen campus. It takes the lead on UWTSD’s provision of Degree Apprenticeships in England and Wales, supporting Faculties and Schools in developing and delivering programmes to meet the needs of employers. Employers wishing to set up an apprenticeship should contact us.

Degree Apprenticeships allow employees to pursue part-time courses leading to a recognised University award alongside their work and professional development.  There is usually no cost to the employer. The qualifications have been developed with groups of employers to ensure that they deliver the skills, knowledge and behaviours that will be needed by the sector.

Employers and Degree Apprenticeships

The Degree Apprenticeship provides your staff with relevant training and qualifications while they work. Apprenticeship Standards define the course content, developed in partnership with employers in the sector to address the skills, knowledge and behaviours that are required. Once you have linked up with a Higher Education Institution to deliver the award, you can select staff or recruit new employees onto the programme. 

Apprentices spend 80% of their working hours undertaking their usual work.  They spend 20% of their time undertaking off-the-job training, which may include classroom session, online activities, research and reflection. 

Accreditation by Professional Bodies

Degree Apprenticeship programmes will often carry accreditation by the relevant porfessional bodies.  Our current programmes are accredited by BCS- The Chartered Institute for IT,  the Institute of Explosive Engineers,  and the Engineering Council.

For employers in England

For companies based in England, the cost of the training element can be covered by your payment of the Apprenticeship Levy.  

If you are a non-Levy paying company you will need to pay the fees for the training element. 

ESFA Find apprenticeship training website

For employers in Wales

For companies based in Wales, the cost of some Degree Apprenticeships is covered by the Welsh Government through HEFCW.  This pilot scheme started in 2018/2019: contact us for details. 

Pathways available

UWTSD is delivering programmes for 2018/2019 for:

  • Police Constable
  • Digital Degree Apprenticeship (software engineering, data science or cybersecurity pathways)
  • Ordnance, Munitions and Explosives

In development for 2019/2020

  • Engineering
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Construction

Degree Apprenticeships available.

Delivering Apprenticeships

UWTSD is included as a Provider on the ESFA Register of Approved Training Providers.

UWTSD is included on the Register of End Point Assessment Organisations for the Police Constable integrated degree.

Other apprenticeships from the UWTSD Group

Level 2-5 apprenticeships are available from UWTSD Group’s Further Education colleges:


Bridget Moseley BSc Hons Institutional Management
Head of Apprenticeship Unit

Martin Locock BA Hons, PGCert Teaching in HE, MCIfA, FHEA
Principal Apprenticeship Administrator

Contact us

The Apprenticeship Unit will be happy to discuss the potential for degree apprenticeships to help your business.
01267 676814