The Nationwide Apprenticeship University

Our credentials

What employers say

“The collaboration with Coventry University allows our people to study and gain a degree qualification, meaning many of them can then progress within the business - and this is something CEVA in the UK is really proud of. This opportunity improves their professional knowledge of leadership and management skills and also gives them a greater confidence to further drive improvements in the business and the service we offer our customers.”

Nicola Hartley, CEVA Logistics Senior Vice President of Human Resources UK, Ireland & Nordics

I wish we’d gone into [apprenticeships] sooner than we did… I think it’s a fantastic opportunity for young and not-so-young. We’ve got to get over this stigma of apprentices being 18-year-olds; apprentices can come in at 25, 30 years of age, and as long as we’re doing it for the right reasons and we’re looking to either develop potential or upskill or re-skill people in the right areas, I think it’s certainly something Vaultex will be looking to utilise going forward.”

Paul Hannon, Leadership and Development Manager, Vaultex

Coventry University is our chosen educational provider for the Business Leadership Higher Apprenticeship.

“We have developed a partnership that has enhanced the quality of academic and in job learning. We work with programme leaders and lecturers to design a program which embeds G.E cultural requirements with current best practice. This has enhanced the learning of our students as they can see the link between theory and the real world.

“The benefits for the business can be seen on a daily basis as our students work in key roles on critical business projects generating savings, improving our performance and ensuring we are equipped for future growth.

“We find that CUC is continuously improving the quality of programmes and the responsiveness of their services.”
Dion Giunta, Apprentice Coordinator and Mentor, GE Aviation

What Apprentices say

My mum did an apprenticeship herself, and she encouraged it when I first started looking.  It’s something I’m glad I’m doing now, because I’m getting on-the-job training, and not just a university course and a degree like that …I’m learning on the job.

“Because you’re working full time, your learning is to do with your job; the assignments you write are about your own job and the research and everything you do with the managers – you can get a better network with them as well. In four years I’ll have done my degree and got the experience, so I’ll be ready to step into – hopefully - that management or supervisor role at the end of it.”

Rebecca, Vaultex Degree Apprentice

“I think [my apprenticeship] made me mature quicker, especially being the youngest out of the apprentices as well...we’ve got quite a varying age. I joined Vaultex at 18, I’m 20 now. I’ve had to mature faster, and had loads more experiences than I would have had.

“Definitely the plan is to stay within Vaultex, keep progressing through- I’m happy with the team I’m in – and just go into more of a management role. I’d like to manage more people and work my way up.

“Everything’s going really well. I’m happy!”

Luke, Vaultex Degree Apprentice

“The fact of working as well – it all ties in nicely. Rather than doing two different things, like university and working at Tesco’s, it’s all done in together and you’re constantly learning more. I have a mentor, Neil, who day-to-day I report to – but everyone in the team has been mini-mentors as well, which is good.”

Scott, Vaultex Degree Apprentice

“Throughout the process my knowledge and understanding of the wider business has grown significantly, enabling me to add more value to my current role. More specifically during my final business project, and studies into customer quality, I led the creation and distribution of a customer satisfaction survey. This new tool has captured tangible feedback from a vast number of our key customer accounts, and will be used to tactically improve the service that we offer them – potentially leading to increased retention rates and market share”.

Andrew, GE Aviation Degree Apprentice

“Getting back into formal education after many years, along with starting to think and write academically was challenging. However, due to the course design, delivery methods and the comprehensive tutor support and feedback received, provided much needed encouragement, motivation and guidance from the start. Subsequently, the transition and improvements were swift, as were the results that followed and hence, became self-perpetuating. “

Tony, Chubb Systems Ltd

“The support we received was outstanding. We got quick responses from our tutor with detailed suggestions and improvements, and she really made us apply ourselves. It was amazing to see how much we all improved academically.

“The apprentices on the degree are more motivated in day jobs because of the great opportunity, and because we are treated well, we are willing to work harder and give more back to the company in return for the great training. “

Roisin, GE Aviation Degree Apprentice

Employer engagement

Coventry University liaises with individual employers to design a course which meets their business requirements and the needs of their apprentices. We work with a range of employers in a variety of geographical locations, including:

Aston Martin (Gaydon)

Ceva Logistics (Daventry, Lutterworth)

GE Aviation (Cheltenham, Newmarket)

Vaultex (Warrington, London, Dagenham, Birmingham, Smethwick, Bristol, Leeds, Tonbridge, Washington, Woolston)


West Midlands Fire Service

Teaching strengths

Coventry University was awarded Gold in the Teaching and Excellence Framework (the government's first major assessment of teaching quality). We’ve also been awarded 5 stars for our teaching excellence (QS stars 2016). We're the UK's 12th best university in the Guardian University Guide 2018 and were ranked third for Teaching Excellence (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).

In the National Student Survey, Coventry University achieved the following scores:

91% of students are happy with the quality of their course (NSS 2016) 

  • 92% of students are satisfied with the teaching on their course (NSS 2016) 
  • 91% of students agreed staff made the subject interesting (NSS 2016)

Each Apprenticeship programme is designed in partnership with the employer, so that it reflects their organisation’s culture and values. Learning is by a blend of face-to-face, online and self-directed study, and individual learning styles and needs are catered for.

Tutors understand the challenges of combining study with work, and are available out of hours to provide support if necessary. One-to-one coaching sessions are an important feature of the programme, keeping students motivated and helping them to stay on track.

No exams
There are no examinations as learning is assessed by a range of different methods. These are based on learners’ own work situation and include written reports, presentations and individual reflections/summaries, among other assessment tools.

Flexible timing
The delivery schedule is planned with your business in mind and can
include weekly, bi-weekly or block release learning. Programmes are delivered on a modular basis, and can start at any time of the year.

The best of both worlds

Academic qualifications are awarded by Coventry University and learners receive them with other graduates at a ceremony held in Coventry Cathedral. Graduates automatically become members of Friends of Coventry University, the CU Alumni Association, a community of more than 80,000 graduates which offers personal and professional benefits.