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The apprenticeships programmes at The University of Manchester gives you access to our skilled mentors as well as our excellent links with industry.

We have a dedicated team of technicians and mentors who are fully committed to helping you further your knowledge, achieve your goals and embed social responsibility in everything that you do. We work closely with industry, the public sector and the local community and have a world-class research profile, outstanding facilities and support services which offers you excellent career options when you qualify.

We welcome our apprentices in as members of our team which gives you access to the many benefits that our members of staff receive.

Colin Baines speaks with the President of The University of Manchester, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, and the apprentices.
Apprenticeship Lead Colin Baines (left) explains the Apprenticeship Programme structure to President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell (right) during the 'Meet the President' event.

Apprentices here have the opportunity to train across the Faculty giving them the skills needed in industry and making them highly employable when they qualify.

Colin Baines / Apprenticeship Lead

What are apprenticeships?

An apprenticeship is a way to learn and earn at the same time. Our apprenticeship programme teaches the skills you need to work in a laboratory or technical environment. Apprenticeships usually take between one and four years to complete and you are awarded with a nationally recognised qualification at the end. Some of the benefits of choosing an apprenticeship include:

  • Earning a salary
  • Training in the skills employers want
  • Excellent progression opportunities, whether looking to study further or climb the ranks within the workplace
  • Increased future earning potential. Apprentices enjoy marked salary increases when they complete their training
  • Better long term salary prospects
  • Learning at your own pace with the support of a mentor
  • Paid holiday

British values

The Department for Education have reinforced the need ‘to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs’ as part of the Prevent duty.

The University of Manchester is committed to upholding these values for its students and apprentices both throughout their studies and within their teaching, but also as part of their overall experience as a student/apprentice. These are demonstrated through:

  • Our diverse curriculum and teaching methods including seminars and workshops to allow reflection and voicing of ideas
  • Student Charter
  • University Bullying and Harassment policies and procedures
  • Student Wellbeing and Support policies, procedures and resources, including the counselling service and a wealth of mental health support services
  • Disciplinary and IT policies and procedures
  • Students Union and Alumni membership