The Professional Academy in partnership with the Welsh Government are pleased to be offering Engineering Degree Apprenticeships from 2019. 

Degree Apprenticeships combine Work Based Learning with studying a degree part time at university.  

Apprentices can achieve a degree, learn professional skills and gain industry knowledge whilst companies have the excellent opportunity to upskill existing employees or recruit and train new employees at degree level. Degree Apprenticeships can also improve the competitiveness, growth and development of local businesses. 

Over the past 20 years the Professional Academy has gained a wealth of experience in facilitating relationships between students, companies and the university. 


Degree Apprenticeship Days in University Degree Length
BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering 2 days 5 years
BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering 2 days 5 years
BSc (Hons) Mechanical Engineering Day release 5 years*
BSc (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering Day release 5 years*
BSc (Hons) Semiconductor Technologies Day release 5 years*

*Subject to existing qualifications/experience Degree Apprentices may start part way through the course, for example a candidate with a relevant HND could gain entry on to year 4 or 5 of the apprenticeship.


Our Engineering Degree Apprenticeships offer employers the opportunity to nurture their own talent. Employers can chose to upskill existing apprentices or recruit and train new apprentices at degree level.

Employers can utilise Welsh Government funding available for the degree course and only cover the cost of the apprentice's salary. 

The employer, apprentice and university will sign an Apprenticeship Learning Agreement which outlines the role, responsibilities and commitments of all parties.

Our dedicated team will support the employer and apprentice throughout their journey. We will advise on the best entry point for the apprentice based on their existing qualifications and experience and assess the individual’s specific learning and development needs.

As part of our partnership we will provide updates on the apprentices progress as well as offer opportunities to meet throughout their time on the programme. 


Apprentices have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience and achieve a degree.

To follow our Engineering Degree Apprenticeship programme, apprentices must be in employment or will need to apply directly to an employer for a Degree Apprentice role. Apprentices will need to discuss applying for this course with their employer and the employer will need to contact us directly.

Our Degree Apprenticeship courses are funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), apprentices can achieve a degree debt free whilst earning a salary.

Apprentices will start their degree at an entry point that is most appropriate to them based on their existing qualifications and experience. All learning will take place on Treforest campus and upon successful completion apprentices will graduate from the University of South Wales. 

Apprentices will benefit from the very best support on offer. The team operate an open door policy and are always on hand to offer guidance and support to apprentices. 

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Rebecca Truckel
Project Co-ordinator
01443 654488

Louise Hawker
01443 482203