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UWS celebrates first intake of Graduate Level Apprenticeship (GLA) students at Hamilton Campus

The students who are either studying IT Software Development or Engineering Design & Manufacture started their studies at UWS in September.

The University is working with Skills Development Scotland (SDS) to deliver these GLA programmes, which were developed in response to demand from industry.

With three out of four employers in Scotland reporting critical skill shortages that are affecting their productivity and growth, added to the fact that more than 70% of Scottish employers think that job applicants lack technical, practical or job specific skills, GLAs have never been more important.

By combining academic learning with real-time practical experience in the workplace the two GLA programmes being delivered at the University’s Hamilton Campus will equip students with industry-relevant skills and qualifications.

GLAs have been developed in partnership with employers to ensure that the learning is relevant to industry and that apprentices can apply their learning immediately.

We are delighted that our first intake of GLA students are settling into life at UWS and are enjoying their GLA programme.
Professor Ian Allison, Dean of the School of Engineering and Computing

Professor Ian Allison, Dean of the University’s School of Engineering and Computing, said: “Graduate Level Apprenticeships are hugely beneficial to both employers and employees. A well trained, qualified and knowledgeable workforce is critical in ensuring the economic growth of these important areas and as an industry-focussed University we are committed to continuing to playing a key role in this important initiative.”

Apprentices are employed throughout the duration of their studies, allowing them to combine academic learning at one of Scotland’s largest modern universities with practical learning in the workplace. By investing in their workforce through GLAs, employers are able to support new and existing staff to develop their skills to industry and professional standards.

For employees, GLAs provide an opportunity to access the same learning opportunities as those who follow the traditional route of direct entry into University, whilst gaining practical work experience.

For employers, their employee’s learning can be customised to ensure the best fit with business needs and because the apprentices spend the majority of their time in the workplace, they are contributing to the productivity of the business at a much earlier stage. The end result is ‘industry ready’ graduates who understand their business.

Find out more about GLAs at UWS

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