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What are Graduate Apprenticeships?

Graduate Apprenticeships provide a new way into degree-level study for individuals who are currently employed, or who want to go straight into work.

Introduced in 2016, they have quickly expanded to include more industries and ensure more individuals and employers can take part.

Over time, more and more individuals will get the chance to study for a degree at the same time as earning a good wage. More employers will also recognise the benefits of the apprenticeships as a key part of their recruitment and workforce planning strategy.

By investing in their staff through apprenticeships, employers can develop their workforce and support staff to build their skills to industry and professional standards.

Smart Networks Degree Student Working | UWS Graduate Apprenticeships for 2018

What's on offer?

UWS has developed four Graduate Apprenticeships for September 2019:

 

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BSc (Hons) IT: Software Development

Information for Graduands PDF Ayr Campus | UWS | University of the West of Scotland

School of Computing, Engineering & Physical Sciences at University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is inviting applications for September 2019 entry to its innovative Graduate Apprenticeship BSc (Hons) IT: Software Development programme.

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BEng (Hons) in Engineering Design & Manufacture

Information for Graduands PDF Ayr Campus | UWS | University of the West of Scotland

The School of Computing, Engineering & Physical Sciences at University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is inviting applications for entry to the September 2019 cohort of an innovative Graduate Apprenticeship (GA) BEng (Hons) in Engineering Design & Manufacture.

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BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering

Information for Graduands PDF Ayr Campus | UWS | University of the West of Scotland

The School of Computing, Engineering & Physical Sciences at University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is inviting applications for entry to the September 2019 cohort of an innovative Graduate Apprenticeship (GA) BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering.

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Thanks to our close links with industry we understand the challenges faced by businesses to attract and retain talent and we work hard to ensure our students are equipped with both the qualifications and practical skills necessary to have a real and immediate impact within the world of work. Our students have access to cutting-edge technology, great learning facilities and academic staff who are taking part in leading research, providing them with an excellent foundation on which to build. By incorporating work-based learning through the Graduate Apprenticeship programme, our graduates enter the workplace equipped with a whole host of vital skills to enhance their career development.
Professor Craig Mahoney Principal & Vice-Chancellor at UWS | Undergraduate Apprenticeships Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal and Vice-Chancellor

Tangible business benefits

Some sectors are reporting critical skills shortages that are affecting the growth of individual organisations and the wider Scottish economy.

Graduate Apprenticeships have been developed in response to demand from industry, and are matched to industries that need employees with degree-level qualifications and real-world work experience.

UWS is delivering Graduate Apprenticeships with support from Skills Development Scotland and the European Social Fund.

Graduate Apprenticeships are already delivering tangible benefits to employers:

  • By investing in your staff through Graduate Apprenticeships you can support your workforce to develop their skills to industry and professional standards
  • Available to new and existing employees, Graduate Apprenticeships help businesses to recruit and retain talented people.
  • Graduate Apprenticeships deliver industry relevant skills and qualifications which support your business’ workforce requirements and address your skill shortages
  • Employers are actively involved in shaping programme delivery to best meet your business needs
  • Offering Graduate Apprenticeships reduces recruitment costs and supports succession planning
  • The end result is “work ready” graduates who will contribute to your business operations
I have been really impressed by the University’s commitment to the scheme and how supportive they have been when we have engaged with them.
Chris Kinnaird, Managing Director of Glasgow-based Mail Marketing Business Solutions

Success Stories

Nicole Strain on Graduate Apprenticeship at UWS in IT Software Development | UWS

Making IT happen at UWS

Nicole Strain, from Bishopton, is currently in 4th year of her Graduate Apprenticeship (GA) in IT: Software Development at the University.

Commenting on her GA experience Nicole, who works as a Data Analyst for Glasgow-based, Mail Marketing Scotland Ltd, said: “I had heard some great things from friends about UWS and its IT provision, so was very keen to undertake the GA at the University’s Lanarkshire Campus when the opportunity arose.

“The GA is great - being able to work full-time gaining work experience while getting a graduate level education is the best of both worlds. The academics at UWS are so helpful and the GA has been a fantastic experience. 

“I would highly recommend anyone who has the opportunity to undertake a GA at UWS to grab it with both hands!”

Andrew Begg on Graduate Apprenticeship at UWS in Engineering Design & Manufacture

Engineering a bright future at UWS

Andrew Begg, who lives in Glasgow, works as a Technical Services Engineer at Newsprinters’ Eurocentral operation in Glasgow. He is currently benefiting from undertaking a Graduate Apprenticeship (GA) in Engineering Design & Manufacture at the University’s Paisley Campus.

Andrew said: “I have worked as a mechanical engineer in manufacturing for 19 years which included a five year apprenticeship which began in 1998. I am committed to lifelong learning and during that time I gained an HND in mechanical engineering and an HNC in mechatronics ending in 2006. Over the last two years I have gained a CMI Level 5 in management and leadership.

“I was attracted to the GA course at UWS as I felt the content mix of core engineering and engineering management skills were a good progression from my previous experience. Studying at degree level is something I wanted to achieve for a long time but due to work commitments attending a traditional university course was not possible. I currently work a mix of day and night shift so the flexible approach of class time, online study and the work based learning (WBL) made it possible for me to undertake this course.”

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Last updated: 06/04/2018

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