Thanks to University of the West of Scotland’s Graduate Apprenticeship (GA) in Civil Engineering a school leaver is getting the chance to start a career in the civil engineering sector, working for George Leslie Ltd in Barrhead, whilst also studying for a university degree.
Max Blanchflower is benefiting from studying the UWS GA in Civil Engineering along with a full-time post as a Trainee Site Engineer at George Leslie.
By combining academic learning with real-time practical experience in the workplace, the University’s 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.
UWS enjoys close links with George Leslie, which is committed to recruiting two school leavers every two years with a view to them joining the BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering GA at UWS.
Max, 18, who is now in the second year of BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering GA, said: “The Graduate Apprenticeship has been a fantastic opportunity for me, enabling me to have a full-time job whilst studying towards a degree. The GA will really help my career development at George Leslie and my goal of becoming a fully-qualified engineer.
“There are so many benefits of studying a GA – the hands-on skills that you learn can be applied immediately to the workplace.”