Developing employer partnerships
Graduate Apprenticeships let people work, learn and earn,
studying towards a degree with an associated university or college
while in full-time employment.
This year, 12 different types of Graduate Apprenticeships will
be offered by 14 universities and colleges across Scotland. More
employers, universities and colleges are expected to get involved
across all Graduate Apprenticeship frameworks as part of an
expanded programme for 2019.
Sessions at the workshop enabled delegates to learn from others
on how universities and colleges attract and work in partnership
with employers to deliver Graduate Apprenticeships.
Duncan Mann, Global HR Director of apprentice employer KAL ATM
Software also provided an employer's perspective on effective
Based in Edinburgh, KAL is the world's leading privately held
ATM software company and was one of the first employers to take on
Graduate Apprentices through Edinburgh Napier University. The
business plans to take on more GAs as part of its workforce
development and succession planning.
Duncan said: "The business was struggling with recruitment and
needed to think about different ways it could attract talent.
"Previously, anyone who was employed at KAL as a software
engineer needed to have a degree. Graduate Apprenticeships offered
us a pipeline of people who would be working with us for four years
and then hopefully stay on when they completed their
"The way Graduate Apprenticeships were being delivered really
fitted in with our business model, as the set schedule and
programme of learning at University meant we could assign
apprentices to projects with a level of work that matched the pace
of their learning.
"We also value the partnership approach to delivering the
apprenticeships, which enables us, the university and the
apprentice to be open and honest with each other throughout the
Graduate Apprenticeships have been developed by SDS with support
from the European Social Fund. They are backed by employers,
universities, colleges and schools across the country.
Source - Skills Development Scotland