Work-based learning

From developing your workforce to opening your doors to new talent, our work-based learning opportunities offer many benefits to businesses large and small. USW is a well-connected, vocational university, offering real world skills and knowledge. 

High quality learning experience

Our work-based learning solutions give employers the opportunity to work with one of the largest universities in the UK, while delivering a high quality learning experience for new and existing employees.

Industry accredited qualifications

As a business, work-based learning solutions allow you to offer your employees industry accredited qualifications, attract, train and retain new employees and deliver the solutions to meet the needs of your business.

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Apprenticeships for Employers

Higher and degree apprenticeships are an alternative to traditional university study, giving your employees the opportunity to obtain a higher qualification, learn professional skills and gain specialist knowledge.

Enhanced employability 

Apprentices benefit from increased skills and enhanced employability through a programme combining work and study, while employers gain from greater productivity, improved business performance and higher employee retention.

Resilient partnerships

We work with organisations across Wales and England to develop collaborative, responsive and resilient partnerships - we will work with you closely at every stage, from initial programme development to graduation. We understand the training levy, and the processes involved in developing degree apprenticeship programmes. 

Welsh Government and Regional Skills Partnerships

The current scope of degree apprenticeships in Wales is limited to priority areas identified by Welsh Government and Regional Skills Partnerships. USW is happy to meet with employers from any sector to explore their needs.

End Point Assessment (EPA)

What is an End Point Assessment?

When an apprentice reaches the end of their training, the employer (supported by the training provider) will make the decision on whether or not the apprentice is ready to take the EPA - the decision process or stage is known as the "gateway".

USW, as a Higher Education Institution with degree awarding powers, will act as the Apprenticeship Provider and the End Point Assessor (EPA) provider. It is recognised that for integrated delivery, the approach does not remove the requirement for an EPA. USW will assume responsibility for the EPA rather than a separate independent end-point assessment organisation. 

EPAs are carried out by experienced, occupationally competent Independent End Point Assessors. They are comprehensively trained and standardised and are subject to ongoing quality monitoring. 

USW is committed to providing high-quality EPAs which are assessed and awarded consistently, accurately and fairly

The following policies apply to USW's provision of EPA; 

EPA Fair Access Policy

EPA Conflict of Interest Policy

 Contact us

Discuss the range of apprenticeship opportunities available at USW, or if you would like a member of our team to evaluate your work-based learning needs contact us on 01443 482 482 or uswcommercial@southwales.ac.uk.