Graduate Apprenticeships Expanded
2 June 2017
More opportunities for work-based learning.
Hundreds of people will have the opportunity to study for
degree-level courses while in employment thanks to a significant
expansion of Graduate Level Apprenticeships.
A total of 379 places will be made available for individuals to
study for a degree, up to Masters level, while in work in 2017/18.
This builds on the investment that delivered a successful pilot of
27 places in 2016/17.
Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is working with businesses,
universities and colleges to deliver Graduate Level
Apprenticeships. The programme aims to meet the needs of employers
looking for high levels of academic and industry accreditation
combined with experience in the workplace.
Minister for Employability and Training Jamie Hepburn said:
"We carried out a consultation with employers, which identified
a need for skills that better support businesses and help them
"As a result we have committed to expanding the number of
Graduate Level Apprenticeships, broadening access to higher
education and increasing adult participation, as well as developing
the capabilities and skill sets of organisations and
"By creating the opportunity to combine an academic degree with
the challenges of the workplace, we are better preparing
individuals for the job market and ensuring we match the right
skills and training to available employment.
"These new opportunities will support our wider Modern
Apprenticeship offering, including the commitment to 30,000
apprenticeships per year by 2020, complementing the 5,000
Foundation Apprenticeship places for school pupils."
Director of the Centre for Work-based Learning David Coyne
"Skills Development Scotland has developed Graduate Level
Apprenticeships as a way for individuals to develop the necessary
knowledge, skills and competence required by Scottish
"Robert Gordon University is a great example of a university
working with local employers. Because they have been
developed with employers, Graduate Level Apprenticeships ensure
that learners gain the necessary knowledge and skills required for
their chosen area of work."
The Sparrows Group is one of the employers to sign up for the
Graduate Level Apprenticeships.
Ewen Kerr, executive director of engineering and operations
"We have a long history of providing opportunities to people
beginning their careers in the energy industry as graduates and
apprentices. This has been integral to our success as a company and
the Graduate Level Apprenticeship builds on that tradition.
"We're very proud to have two of our employees taking part in
the first GLA programme and we see huge benefits for them and the
organisation in combining a degree level education with practical
Robert Gordon University's Principal, Professor Ferdinand von
"Having been the first university in Scotland to confirm the
structure and content of the Graduate Level Apprenticeships (GLAs)
back in March, we welcome the news that the scheme have been
expanded and will give access to more young apprentices. This is
also fully in keeping with our membership of the Centre for
"GLAs represent an innovation across teaching and learning that
will help young people into skilled employment and support the
Scottish economy. We are proud to play a role in this pioneering
scheme with our industry partners and the Skills Development
More information on apprenticeships.
Source - The Scottish Government