• Question: Do I have to go to uni to get a career in STEMM? What apprenticeships give me degrees in engineering?

    Asked by Liz to Simon, Lydia, Laura, Krishma, John on 30 Jan 2018.
    • Photo: John Allport

      John Allport answered on 30 Jan 2018:

      Hi Liz,
      There are lots of new apprenticeships in engineering being developed, the latest of which include study to degree level. There are not many of those released yet, as they take quite some time to develop, however you can see much more detail about the ones that are available at
      Good luck !


    • Photo: Lydia James

      Lydia James answered on 8 Feb 2018:

      No you don not have to get a university degree to be able to work in a STEM environment. Apprenticeships are a great alternative and can be started at 16 although keep in mind some work places may prefer an 18 year old as a minimum due to licenses or using on site equipment.

      There are several different levels of apprenticeships in the UK: intermediate (B-Tec level 2 equivalent), advanced (B-Tec level 3), high apprenticeships (HNC/HND/degree level) theses are fairly new and have been around for the last 5 or so years but usually larger employer are the ones advertising them and degree apprenticeships where you apply to a university degree but you are sponsored by an employer through your studies and working towards a group role. Depending on the level you are applying for your apprenticeship can spare from 1 year to 4 years but you will be paid throughout your contract.

      John has given some good links for looking up degree apprenticeships and I’ll add on the link for the government website that is very useful for looking up intermediate to higher apprenticeships.


      Good luck 🙂