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Develop the graduate talent pipeline your business needs

Three out of four businesses in Scotland are reporting skills shortages due to lack of skilled workers.

If you’re an employer, a Graduate Level Apprenticeship from UWS can help you to develop the skilled staff you need for the growth you want.

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

What’s on offer?

UWS has developed two Graduate Level Apprenticeships for September 2017:

  • BSc (Hons) IT Software Development
  • BEng (Hons) Engineering Design & Manufacturing

What are the benefits to employers?

Graduate Level Apprenticeships are a new way for you to invest in the talents of your workforce. Through the apprenticeships you can develop your workforce and support staff to build their skills to industry and professional standards.

We’ll work with you to develop a bespoke Graduate Level Apprenticeship programme that delivers the skills and qualifications directly relevant to your business needs.

All course fees are met by Skills Development Scotland, which reduces the cost to employers and means you can maximise the return on your investment.

We are delighted to learn that University of the West of Scotland is working in partnership with Skills Development Scotland and employers, to develop and deliver Graduate Level Apprenticeships, offering organisations a fantastic opportunity to develop their graduate talent pipeline through highly innovative work-based learning, tailored to individual business needs. We look forward to supporting UWS in this endeavour.

Jim McCumesty, Head of Core Technologies at SAS R&D Scotland

Who are they for?

Graduate Level Apprenticeships can help you recruit talented young people to your business who might otherwise follow a traditional route into university education. There’s no age limit so you can also up-skill existing employees who have the ability to study to Honours degree level.

Graduate Level Apprenticeships enable your employees to complete an Honours degree whilst in full-time employment.

Tt takes a Graduate Level Apprentice the same amount of time to complete a degree as a full-time student. This is because knowledge, skills and competency are gained at work as well as through study.

The split between work and study is roughly 80:20, meaning Graduate Level Apprentices will spend most of their time at work.

Due to the way Graduate Level Apprenticeships are funded, they are only available to employees living and working in Scotland.

What will your employees achieve?

As well as achieving a BSc / BEng (Hons) degree from UWS, your Graduate Level Apprentices will:

  • Achieve industry skills, knowledge and competency set at SQCF level 10 (Honours degree level)
  • Understand how these are applied and relevant to your business
  • Develop professional skills that can help them to achieve accelerated accreditation from a professional body
  • Gain graduate attributes including research and management capability

How to get involved

Graduate Level Apprenticeships are a genuine partnership between you, your employee(s) and UWS. We will work with you to develop a programme that is individually tailored to your business and skills needs.

If you are committed to developing the skills of your workforce and want to find out how a Graduate Level Apprenticeship might help, please email:

Last updated: 07/08/2017