Chamber Chat – Steven Wood

February 08, 2017 - 12:00pm

Chamber Chat – Steven Wood

The Apprenticeship Levy and the Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS) will be introduced in May and if you are an employer that is effected by the levy or an organisation that interested in how you can benefit from an apprentice the University of Cumbria has produced a guide to how the levy will work and how Higher Level and Degree Apprenticeships can benefit your organisation.

The government’s reform of apprenticeships, and its aspiration to grow the number of apprentices in training during this Parliament, is shaping how apprenticeships are being designed, developed, delivered and funded going forward.

Higher Apprentices - Like intermediate and advanced apprenticeships, combine on the job training while studying towards a high level qualification. Higher apprenticeships are available at a range of levels, from the equivalent of a foundation degree to a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree level in some occupations

Apprenticeship standards designed by employers, working with professional bodies where relevant, will replace existing frameworks.


• Standards will be clear and concise and written by employers
• All apprenticeships will last a minimum of 12 months
• All apprenticeships will have an end-point assessment
• Apprenticeships will be graded for the first time
• Apprenticeships will meet relevant professional registration /license to practice requirements

What do you need to do?


Start planning! As an employer, you may need to conduct a review of the skills required by your business. Where might you expand your training offering (either by recruiting apprentices or encouraging existing employees to take up apprenticeship training) to make the most of any levy payment? Where will external training provision help you boost productivity?

Steve Wood is the University of Cumbria’s Development Manager in Lancaster and is on hand to support any organisation with queries about apprentices or specifically looking into Higher and Degree Level Apprentices. Steven.wood@cumbria.ac.uk