Graduate Level Apprenticeships to roll out at GCU

07 February 2017

GCU's first Graduate Level Apprenticeships will begin in May.

GCU's first Graduate Level Apprenticeships will begin in May.

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is part of a collaboration that will pioneer an alternative route into higher education. 

The University is set to roll out three Graduate Level Apprenticeship programmes, delivered by an innovative partnership with national agency Skills Development Scotland and leading sector-related companies.

Graduate Level Apprentices will be recruited and employed by one of the participating companies and will study part time towards a four-year honours degree at GCU. The degrees will be delivered over three semesters rather than two and a large element of the learning will be accomplished through work-based activities. Although the initial three programmes are to Honours Degree level, the concept is ultimately to provide work-based learning opportunities up to Masters-degree level for employees.

From May, the University will offer a Graduate Level Apprenticeship in Software Development for Business and IT Management for Business, while an Engineering Design and Manufacturing programme will start in September.

Professor Iain Cameron, Dean of the School of Engineering and Built Environment, said: “Graduate Level Apprenticeships offer apprentices a fantastic opportunity to combine academic learning with on-the-job experience. At GCU we have a long history of delivering high-quality part-time learning and our IT programmes are the first in Scotland to achieve Tech Partnership Accreditation. Because of this, we will be the first university in Scotland to start delivery of the IT GLAs.”

Jonathan Clark, Director of Service Design and Innovation at Skills Development Scotland, said: “Graduate Level Apprenticeships have the potential to transform the way that young people access further and higher education.

“Graduate Apprentices will be employed during their studies and because much of the learning takes place in the workplace they will have the opportunity to immediately apply what they learn at college or university in their jobs – and vice versa.

“This provides opportunities for employers to help shape the skills of their employees and to address skills shortages affecting their industry and the local economy.”

GCU will be offering the Software Development for Business programme in partnership with CGI, a leading employer in the IT sector.

Maggie Morrison, CGI Business Director in Scotland, said: “Graduate Level Apprentices will form a vital part of our resourcing strategy at CGI, helping us to build a strong, diverse and innovative workforce.

“Apprentices bring vibrant energy, a new perspective and fresh approaches to business challenges. We are delighted to be working in partnership with Skills Development Scotland and GCU to deliver the first Graduate Level Apprentices in Scotland.”

To find out how to get involved with Graduate Level Apprenticeships at GCU, contact Ronnie Beattie on 0141 331 8418 or