Each year departments have the option of employing Apprentices in a particular work area:

  • Business and administration
  • Customer service
  • Accounting
  • Marketing
  • IT support
  • Management
  • Hospitality and catering
  • Maintenance operations (caretaking)
  • Technical apprenticeships

You might want to take a look at the UK Government apprenticeship pages for more information about apprenticeships.

We may be able to consider further work areas for apprenticeships on request. This may depend on whether local colleges can provide relevant courses.

How does the Apprenticeship Scheme work?

Apprentices are employed by departments for four days a week and learn as they work. They attend college one day each week during term time, in order to obtain relevant qualifications and skills in their chosen work area.

The college monitors Apprentices’ progress in the work place, acts as the assessor for their qualifications and liaises with departmental supervisors regularly.

How long does the scheme last?

Apprentices are employed for 12 months in the first instance, as Foundation Apprentices. If all goes well and all parties agree, they may be employed for a further 12 months on an Advanced Apprenticeship.

What qualifications can Apprentices achieve?

Foundation Apprentices undertake a NVQ Level 2 and Advanced Apprentices undertake a NVQ Level 3. Apprenticeships in Craft skills and Information Technology may also include other qualifications such as a Higher National Diploma (HND) and may last for several years.

Apprentices must have a contract of employment and be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week (Inclusive of any College attendance) for a minimum of 12 months.

The duration of the apprenticeships is expected to be approximately 12-18 months although the completion of the apprenticeship will depend on the Apprentice and the completion of their qualifications.

An apprenticeship is made up of the following qualifications and training:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Business Administration (NVQ)
  • Functional Skills Maths, English and ICT
  • Training on Employment, Rights and Responsibilities
  • The development of Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills

What are the benefits to my department?

Apprentices can provide extra help during busy periods and are willing to carry out a wide range of tasks that will ultimately assist them in achieving their qualifications. They do not tend to have pre-conceived ideas on how to carry out tasks and can often bring a fresh approach and renewed energy to a department.

Apprentices can become part of a succession planning strategy. Several departments have found that, at the end of the scheme their apprentice has become integral to their team and has been offered permanent employment, while others have secured positions in other areas of the University.

Experience shows that success is more likely where departments take a real interest in the development and progress of their Apprentice.

What are the costs to my department?

The department pays the salary cost of the apprentice. Current apprentice rates can be found on the Human Resources webpages.

The University has obligations to make employer pension contributions for apprentice staff. From April 2016 the University is no longer required to make employer national insurance contributions for apprenticeships under the age of 25. The University will need to make national insurance contributions for apprentice staff aged 25 and over, including those staff who turn 25 whilst on an apprenticeship.

Apprenticeship training must be arranged with a training provider who is registered on the Digital Apprenticeship System (DAS) and the cost of this training provision will be paid for from the University's central apprenticeship levy account. To find an appropriate training provider please contact

Who do I contact if I’m interested in employing an Apprentice?


Staff Development will contact you to talk you through the process of recruiting an Apprentice.

You will need to discuss your staffing request with your Faculty/Divisional HR and Finance teams in the first instance, and obtain authorisation to recruit for an Apprentice.

I'm interested in applying for an apprenticeship at the University. What should I do?

You can find and apply for all current apprenticeship vacancies at the University of Bristol on the National Apprenticeships website.

For details on course content and framework please chose the relevant document below, to enable you to decide which level maybe more appropriate, please use the 'Business Administration - Learners Job Assessment' document (Office document, 61kB).

To register your interest in employing an Apprentice, please complete and submit our registration form.

Business and Administration Level 2

Business and Administration Level 3

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