Sponsoring or employing a degree apprentice

The University of Central Lancashire has a long-established reputation for leading the way in modern learning.

By uniting with Training 2000 we are now the number one choice for apprenticeships and professional development.

We can now provide a single point of contact for workplace and professional development, ranging from Level 2 through to Level 7. Content and delivery are designed in collaboration with high-profile employers including BAE Systems, the BBC, Lancashire County Council, the NHS and Royal Mail.

We have more than 1,500 degree apprentices and more than 30 programmes, working with more than 200 employers.

Whatever level your employees are at, and whatever your business needs are, we’re the place to go for high quality training and development to help your business grow.

What’s the benefit to you?

If you’re eager to develop a talent pipeline, we can help you enhance your workforce, growing your business so that you gain that competitive advantage.

If you’re eager to develop a talent pipeline, we can help you enhance your workforce

Higher and degree apprenticeships provide a unique environment for you to upskill and grow existing employees, influencing career development through education and training to ensure a quality employee is working for your business.

This makes the University of Central Lancashire and Training 2000 a partner of choice for workforce and professional development, with a unique portfolio and an increased number of campus locations across Lancashire. Look at what we provide:

  • A unique environment to upskill and grow your employees
  • Chance to fill your skills gap by investing in your employees
  • Access to funding for your workforce development, including the Apprenticeship Levy
  • Future-proofing your business with up-todate tailored knowledge
  • Support to boost your employees’ performance through industry expertise
  • Helping your organisation to be at the forefront of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Case Study: Cube HR

A Senior Leader MBA degree apprenticeship was just the ticket for CUBE HR. The company, based in Burnley, provides a full human resource service to businesses and has felt the benefits a Degree Apprenticeship can bring.

CUBE HR was less than two years old when the owner Lisa Sourbutts began her apprenticeship; since then it has doubled in size.

Lisa says: “As my career has progressed, I have needed different skillsets and when I heard that I could do the degree apprenticeship, incorporating the MBA right here in Burnley, I applied straight away.

“Exposure to the different subjects was imperative to my business success. Having worked in HR for 17 years, I have never owned a business before. Subjects such as finance and strategy have helped shape my growth.”

Lisa first became aware of the degree apprenticeship at a networking event.

Once the course leader mentioned the funding available to SMEs, Lisa jumped at the chance as it was something she always wanted to do. Attending the university every Friday, Lisa covered two topics per semester.

Lisa noted: “It’s important to ensure your employer is on board with the time commitment and allows you the opportunity to use your new skills in the workplace.”

After graduation, Lisa plans to continue to look for ways to improve and make her business service better. “We’ve never been bothered about being the biggest, we just want to be the best. We put people at the heart of all we do and that’s why we have been so successful in our growth journey.”

For anyone thinking about degree apprenticeships Lisa advises: “Think about why you want to do it, does the content meet those needs, do you have time, what will you get from it?”


  • We have a 94 per cent progression rate
  • Rated 84 per cent as good or excellent
  • (apprenticeship gov.uk)

To find out more contact us on 01772 895500, business@uclan.ac.uk or @UCLanBusiness