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Fully funded degree level training for new or existing staff

Support provided by Skills Development Scotland

What does this involve?

You can offer a Graduate Apprenticeship to a current member of staff or take on someone new.

Graduate Apprenticeships let staff work towards qualifications up to Master’s degree level. Your apprentice will work for you 80% of their time and spend 20% of their time studying.

Both the academic and practical parts of the apprenticeship will count towards qualifications ranging from a Higher National Diploma (SCQF level 8) to a Master’s degree (SCQF level 11).

As the employer, you'll need to:

  • meet with your chosen university or college to discuss the structure of the programme
  • attend meetings with the university/college and your apprentice four times a year
  • offer mentorship to your apprentice and support projects and assessments they need to undertake as part of the programme

You'll benefit by encouraging talented staff to stay with you and grow their skillset, without spending money on training.

Am I eligible?

Any Scottish employer that needs to train staff in one of the following subject areas is eligible:

  • IT: software development
  • IT: management for business
  • Civil engineering
  • Engineering: design and manufacture

Other subject areas may be available in the future.

What does this cost?

This apprenticeship training will be fully funded by Skills Development Scotland.

You'll continue to pay your staff member full-time wages with all the benefits any other staff member would receive.

Who is this for?

Employers who want to help new or current staff develop their skills while gaining relevant qualifications.

How long does this take?

This depends on what qualifications your apprentice holds when they start and finish the programme.

For example, a Graduate Apprenticeship at SCQF level 10 (honours degree level) will take up to 4 years. A Graduate Apprenticeship at SCQF level 8 (Dip HE level) will take up to 2 years.

Important information

These universities and colleges offer Graduate Apprenticeships:

  • Edinburgh Napier University
  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Glasgow Kelvin College
  • Heriot-Watt University
  • The Open University
  • Queen Margaret University
  • Robert Gordon University
  • University of the West of Scotland
  • University of Dundee
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Strathclyde
  • University of St Andrews
  • University of the Highlands and Islands

Next steps

Visit the website to learn more about Graduate Apprenticeships and advertise to find your own Graduate Apprentice.

Support provided by Skills Development Scotland