The Business Management degree is delivered through a combination of online and work-based learning, supported by campus-based workshops. Students undertake projects which relate to their job alongside modules in topics such as entrepreneurship.
Kayleigh Chambers, a Project Coordinator in the University’s Finance department, is also in the second year of the Business Management GA. She said: “I was drawn to the Graduate Apprenticeship because it takes the same time to complete as full time study, and the fact that half was work based.
“I had heard of people being unable to find employment after uni due to having no working experience. With this degree you don’t only learn, you implement the work and develop not only with education but personally and professionally.”
As well as employing Graduate Apprentices, the University acts as the GA learning provider for employers across a range of sectors.
This year, the University will deliver 130 Graduate Apprenticeships across five subject areas: Business Management; IT Software Development; Engineering Design and Manufacture; Civil Engineering and Early Learning and Childcare.
Fiona Kennedy, Graduate Apprenticeship Project Manager at the University, said: “Graduate Apprenticeships are changing the way that employers attract, train and retain talent, including the University.
“With employees who are learning while working, we’re getting access to talented individuals with relevant skills and a willingness to learn – it’s incredibly positive for all involved.”
Find out more about GAs at UWS at uws.ac.uk/gas.
Scottish Apprenticeship Week (2-6 March) is the nationwide campaign encouraging more employers to take on apprentices, and celebrating the success of apprentices at all levels.