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UWS will showcase its four Graduate Apprenticeship (GA) programmes at an event being delivered in partnership with CeeD (Centre for Engineering Education & Development) on Tuesday 24th April.

UWS is working with Skills Development Scotland (SDS) to deliver Graduate Apprenticeship (GA) programmes which have been developed in response to demand from industry. The programmes in IT Software Development, Engineering Design & Manufacture, Civil Engineering and Business Management, offer a chance for apprentices to work with leading employers whilst studying for an Honours Degree at UWS. 

The event, which takes place later this month at Texas Instruments in Greenock, will provide an insight into how GA programmes at UWS are benefitting UWS partner employers and their employees. There will be the opportunity for those in attendance to discuss with the UWS GA Project Team how Graduate Apprenticeships can benefit their business. 

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, GAs have never been more important. 

By combining academic learning with real-time practical experience in the workplace, the GA programmes deliver industry-relevant skills and qualifications. GAs are developed in partnership with employers to ensure that the learning is relevant to industry and that apprentices can apply their learning in the workplace immediately.

“With an emphasis on work-based learning, the University’s GA programmes provide technical skills in the relevant core subject areas, develop graduate attributes such as teamwork, critical thinking and creativity, and provide access to the latest digital technologies.”
Fiona Kennedy, UWS Graduate Apprenticeship Project Manager

Fiona Kennedy, UWS Graduate Apprenticeship Project Manager, said: “With an emphasis on work-based learning, the University’s GA programmes provide technical skills in the relevant core subject areas, develop graduate attributes such as teamwork, critical thinking and creativity, and provide access to the latest digital technologies.”

CeeD was formed in 2004 and was originally spun out from UWS to provide a unique offering in Scotland to support peer to peer learning and development opportunities across engineering and manufacturing businesses. 

Find out more about the event here or to find out more about Graduate Apprenticeships at UWS here www.uws.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/graduate-apprenticeships

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