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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 2018:

  • BSc (Hons) IT: Software Development
  • BEng (Hons) Engineering Design & Manufacture
  • BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering
  • BA (Hons) Business Management

BSc (Hons) IT: Software Development

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

The School of Engineering & Computing at University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is inviting applications for September 2018 entry to its innovative Graduate Apprenticeship BSc (Hons) IT: Software Development programme.

Download brochure (pdf)

BEng (Hons) in Engineering Design & Manufacture

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

The School of Engineering & Computing at University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is inviting applications for entry to the September 2018 cohort of an innovative Graduate Apprenticeship (GA) BEng (Hons) in Engineering Design & Manufacture.

Download brochure (pdf)

BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering

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

The School of Engineering & Computing at University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is inviting applications for entry to the September 2018 cohort of an innovative Graduate Apprenticeship (GA) BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering.

Download brochure (pdf)
As an industry-focused University, we understand the challenges that businesses face in attracting and retaining talent in key industry sectors such as IT and Engineering. Graduate Apprenticeships will provide a wider range of opportunities for even more young people and help employers to develop a well trained, qualified and knowledgeable workforce.
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 young people with degree-level qualifications and real-world work experience.

By 2020, thousands of Graduate Apprenticeship opportunities will be available every year, changing the way employers and individuals access degree-level education.

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

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, 22 from Bishopton, is currently in 3rd year of her Graduate Apprenticeship (GA) in IT Software Development at the University’s Hamilton Campus.

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 Hamilton Campus when the opportunity arose”.

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

Engineering a bright future at UWS

Andrew Begg, 36, 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 Hamilton Campus.

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Last updated: 06/04/2018

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