Now in its third year at UWS, Graduate Apprenticeships allow employers, universities and professional bodies the ability to create stronger links, upskilling the workforce of the future. The growth of Graduate Apprenticeships supports the Scottish Government’s ambition to create 30,000 new apprenticeship starts by 2020.
In March, UWS announced that it would be providing 95 Graduate Apprenticeships commencing in September 2019, its biggest ever offering. The IT: Software Development programme is just one of four to choose from, with others including Business Management, Engineering Design & Manufacture and Civil Engineering. A further 15 places will also be available for a pilot programme in Early Learning and Childcare which the University is rolling out.
Fiona Kennedy, Graduate Apprenticeship Project Manager at UWS, said: “The showcase and information event was a great success and provided the opportunity for UWS’ Graduate Apprentices to highlight the impactful work they’ve been carrying out as part of their IT: Software Development graduate apprenticeship programme.
“Not only did it give students the chance to present their work to an engaged industry audience, it allowed businesses in attendance the opportunity to see for themselves the benefits a Graduate Apprenticeship programme can bring to their company.”
Utilities company, Energetics is one company which benefits from a Graduate Apprenticeship partnership with UWS.
Andrew Young, Training & Development Manager at Energetics, said: “At Energetics we are passionate about investing in our employees’ futures and by partnering with UWS, we have been able to offer excellent development opportunities across multiple business streams."