National Apprenticeship Week 6 – 12 February 2023

UON National Apprenticeship Week

National Apprenticeship Week 2023 is taking place between 6 – 12 February 2023. Find out about our apprenticeship offering and check out stories from our apprentices about their experiences studying at the University of Northampton, as well as employers talking about how apprenticeships have added value to their organisation.


  • “The degree apprenticeship course has provided me with an in-depth knowledge of the more technical aspects of NDT methods, such as X-Ray Radiography, Ultrasound and Eddy Current Testing, which I have taken back in to my workplace and used it to gain further understanding of my role and the practical application of these in the workplace.”

    Matthew Beecroft, Non-Destructive Testing Engineer (Level 6)

    “The tutors really know their stuff, which is motivating. They’re understanding of our challenges, approachable and supportive when it comes to the sessions they run, clarifying things, or giving you one-to-one support if you’re struggling.”

    Richard McNab, Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (Level 6)

    “As an apprentice, I have a personal tutor who meets with me and my work mentors once a term to discuss my progress and any issues that may have arisen. My tutor also checks in regularly and is always contactable if I need her. The modules are clearly laid out on NILE and the module lecturers details are available so you can contact them with any queries.”

    Victoria Portsmouth, Occupational Therapy (Level 6)

    “The library services have been immensely helpful with skills courses and support with literature searching. The programme leads on my course including my tutor couldn’t be more pleased to offer advice and direction – incredibly responsive.”

    Spencer Soilleux, Advanced Clinical Practitioner (Level 7)

    “The University has been great in supporting me, particularly Jane Campion who is the Apprenticeship lead. She has been brilliant at providing support whenever needed and is always approachable. During Covid-19, the University has had to make changes to ensure that they can continue with the apprenticeship which has been a great relief and shows their commitment to the course.”

    Dawn Kennedy, Occupational Therapy Apprenticeship (Level 6)

    “I didn’t want to get into debt from going to university. A degree apprenticeship provided the opportunity to both get paid and get a degree, as well as setting me up for a future career.”

    George Carey, Non-Destructive Testing Engineer (Level 6)

    “I have loved working towards my degree via the apprenticeship route. Working whilst learning has allowed me to practice the skills I’ve learnt and see how theories fit in to real world experiences. The tutors are very helpful, and the assignments have been made relevant to my specific job role. With the support of my tutors and the extensive learning resources, I have continued to get good grades and become more confident in my job role.”

    Abigail Bligh, Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (Level 6)


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  • “The experience has been hugely positive. The level of education delivered is excellent and interacting with staff at the university has been easy to do, they help me as an employer navigate the apprenticeship pathway. They are very responsive and always happy to help.”

    Martin O’Dowd, Head of Physical Healthcare, St Andrews Health care.

    Advanced Clinical Practitioner (Level 7)

    “The Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) provides very real benefits to the development of a Police Officer and to the service as a whole. The Victims who encounter a PCDA graduate will be more likely to have a better experience with an officer who has a wider knowledge in policing.”

    Damian Hiscocks, Force Training manager, Northamptonshire Police.

    Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (Level 6)

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