University of Kent: The Centre for Higher and Degree Apprenticeships

Photo of the apprenticeships team

The University of Kent has launched a new Centre to co-ordinate its work with employers to deliver higher and degree apprenticeships.

Under a new government funding model involving an apprenticeship levy, employers will see 100% of training costs paid for by the government.

The University’s new Centre for Higher and Degree Apprenticeships (CHDA) will support the development of more degree apprenticeships to add to the University’s existing high quality portfolio.

The new centre will provide a range of administrative and quality assurance services to ensure those developing and delivering new courses at Kent meet the highest possible standards, as well as liaising with employers to place their apprentices on its courses.

The University has a long track record in delivering apprenticeship courses, having first launched them in 2011. It currently has over 70 students enrolled on courses underpinning the Laboratory Scientist higher apprenticeship. Students are employed by GSK, MedImmune, Pfizer, UCB, Thermo Fisher Scientific, AstraZeneca and Novartis.

In addition to these existing Laboratory Scientist Apprenticeships, the Business School and the CHDA are launching the following Higher and Degree Apprenticeships:

  • Professional Accounting Taxation Technician (Level 4)
  • Junior Management Consultant (Higher: Level 4)
  • Operations/Departmental Manager (Higher: Level 4-5)
  • Chartered Manager (Degree: Level 4-6)

CHDA is led by Dr Scott Wildman who pioneered the development of degree apprenticeships at the University of Kent. Contact Dr Wildman at:


(Photo left to right: Hannah Sullivan-Guckian, Jakki Bardsley, Scott Wildman, Helen Leech)