Benefits for your company

Degree apprenticeships at Surrey can offer many benefits to you as an employer.

How our apprenticeships can benefit you

It’s cost effective

You can use the apprenticeship levy to pay for your apprentice's training - levy-payers have 100 per cent of tuition covered whilst non-levy paying employers pay 5 per cent of tuition fees.

Train your workforce

Staff can complete an apprenticeship, provided they are aged 18+. Staff that already have a degree can still do an apprenticeship as long as it is in a different area to their original degree. Apprentices put their skills into practice with on-the-job training in a role that is relevant to their apprenticeship.

Boost staff-retention

To ensure an apprentice is committed to you and their training, they are required to sign a commitment document. Regular progress reviews involving the apprentice, the line manager and key academic staff ensure the apprentice is on track to complete successfully.

Available to employers throughout England

Our in-person teaching occurs around three to six days per year for most programmes at our beautiful campus in Guildford, which is just 34 minutes by train from London and next to the A3 and M3 motorways. This means that your staff can do an apprenticeship with the University from wherever they are based in England.

A combined teaching approach

For most of our degree apprenticeships apprentices will study through a combination of virtual online study and face-to-face block learning.  


Our range of apprenticeship programmes are written by groups of employers and academics, so you know they’re relevant to today’s working world.

Three entry points a year

Apprentices can start an apprenticeship in either January, April/May and September (subject to minimum apprentice numbers).

Building a professional network

During the apprenticeship, your employee will be learning alongside other apprentices in similar jobs, from a range of employers.

Professional development with a recognised qualification

Most apprenticeships include a recognised qualification from the University of Surrey such as a bachelors degree or a masters.

Professional accreditation

Many apprenticeships include professional accreditation as part of the end-point assessment.

Support from Surrey

Our dedicated team is made up of apprenticeship experts and is on hand to provide expert advice and make the process as smooth as possible for you.

Improved productivity through skills

"74% of employers say that apprentices improved products or service quality, and 78% say that they improved productivity." *Achieving the benefits of apprenticeships: a guide for employers (PDF)