Degree Apprenticeship in Supply Chain Leadership Professional

In response to the Apprenticeship Levy to boost skills in the UK economy and to address the skills gap in our own industry, the Uniserve Group, CP Training, and the Supply Chain Academy, in conjunction with Leeds Trinity University, are jointly developing a new degree apprenticeship to address the growing skills and management gap in the UK supply chain sector.

This group, led and chaired by Uniserve will develop the ‘standard’ for the degree, in terms of the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed in the sector and organisations including Nestle, Sainsburys, Florette UK & Ireland, PD Ports, Muller and Universities including Cranfield, Warwick (WMG), Hull and more are all working together to design this (unique to our industry) ‘business led’ degree apprenticeship.

If you would like to join the team in designing this degree, want to know more about how to manage your levy, or if you are a Small to Medium sized business (SME) and would like to know how to take advantage of the 90% government subsidy, please contact Sally Gale on 01708 259 450,

What is a Degree Apprenticeship?

  • Degree Apprenticeships are:

    • a way of combining working whilst studying
    • a type of higher apprenticeship which can lead to a full undergraduate degree
    • suitable for college leavers as an alternative route to gain a degree and for existing apprentices looking to progress in their career

    Key features

    • Apprentices must be over 16 years old
    • Entry requirements vary, students may need up to five GCSEs at grade A* to C, including English and Maths
    • An apprentice has full-time employment status rather than student status, and receives at least an apprentice’s minimum wage
    • Students must show they have the ability to complete the programme – the demands of the apprenticeship will vary across training providers, employers and job roles
    • Degree apprenticeships combine university study and workplace learning to enable apprentices to gain a full bachelor’s or master’s degree
    • Degree apprenticeships are co-designed by employers ensuring that apprentices are equipped with the skills employers need.

    An apprenticeship usually takes between 1 and 4 years to complete. They are made up of three parts – all completed on-the-job, online or in a classroom.

    Degree apprentices are in employment throughout the duration of their study, splitting their time between university study and the workplace. Apprentices will gain a full bachelor’s or master’s degree from a university while simultaneously earning a wage and getting real on-the-job experience in their chosen profession.

    The degree, as a primary part of the apprenticeship, is designed in partnership with employers to make sure it covers the relevant skills and knowledge the industry is looking for. The cost of course fees for degree apprenticeships is shared between government and employers, the apprentice does not pay fees.

    An apprentice can be a new employee into your organisation or an existing member of staff studying in the workplace at undergraduate or masters level.


  • Benefits for Employers

    • Makes effective use of Apprentice Levy
    • Addresses business needs and skill shortages
    • Work-based to provide departmental and organisational impact
    • Increases organisational agility, skills and flexibility
    • Help you manage your talent more effectively
    • Helps with succession planning
    • Identifies and upskills high-potential staff

  • Benefits for Individual employees

    • A degree-level qualification directly relevant to what the employer wants
    • No student debt
    • Work experience relevant to the employee’s degree
    • Employees continue to earn and work while studying
    • Access to leading-edge teaching and learning

    Find out more

    To learn more about how you can make the most of the Apprenticeship Levy and how the team at the Supply Chain Academy  can help you develop your workforce strategy and training needs, contact:

    Sally Gale on 01708 259 450,


133 Hall Road, Upminster RM14 1AL (UK)

T 01708-259450


Find the Academy

Directions: Exit the M25 at Junction 29, taking the A127 towards London. After about 1/2 mile take the slip road exit, sign posted to Upminster & Cranham. Turn left on to Hall Lane and after 1/2 mile, the Supply Chain Academy can be found on the right. Enter via the third gate on the right.


Nearest Rail Station: Upminster

London Underground Station: Upminster


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