Graduate Level Apprenticeships are a game changer for higher education

28 August 2017

The opportunity to study for a degree while in employment will be the subject of discussion between academics from Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) and Skills Development Scotland (SDS).

The Minister for Employability and Training Jamie Hepburn MSP will visit the campus on Wednesday, 30 August to discuss the new apprenticeship scheme.

GCU became the first university in Scotland to deliver an apprenticeship programme when, in January 2017, it launched its first apprenticeship in Software Development for Business and IT Management for Business.

Ronnie Beattie, from Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), said: “Graduate Level Apprenticeships are a game changer in higher education and GCU is at the forefront of this, as the first university in Scotland to deliver the new graduate level apprenticeship.

“Work-based learning is an excellent opportunity for individuals to develop and enhance their career opportunities. By working with employers, we know the skills, knowledge and competence required to meet market demands.”

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is delivering the Graduate Apprenticeships with support from the European Social Fund.

The Scottish Government is committed to the expansion of the Apprenticeship programmes and to increase the number of Graduate Level and Foundation Apprenticeships during 2017-18. During this time, Scotland will receive £221million levy funding through the block grant.

Other apprenticeship programmes are in the pipeline in engineering and management and will commence in September 2018.  More on Graduate Level Apprenticeships