Major boost to Graduate Apprenticeships

Published: 16 January 2018

Heriot-Watt has bolstered its support for a ground-breaking education programme that allows individuals to study while in paid employment.

The university today announced it has more than doubled the number of study programmes it offers – from three to seven – under the Graduate Apprenticeships (GA) scheme.

Heriot-Watt is known for its strong links with industry and, as a university, we’re delighted to more than double the number of Graduate Apprenticeships programmes now on offer.

Dr Gillian Murray, Deputy Principal, Enterprise and Business, Heriot-Watt University


Developed by Skills Development Scotland, with support from the European Social Fund, the scheme works with businesses, universities and colleges across Scotland. Heriot-Watt develops and delivers Graduate Apprenticeships in partnership with industry, to combine academic knowledge with the skills development and workplace training required by employers.

Funding for a total of 175 places has been secured providing programmes in: IT Management for Business, IT Software Development, Engineering: Design and Manufacturing, Business Management, Business Management (Financial Services), Civil Engineering and Engineering: Built Environment.

Skills Development Scotland, Director of Service Design and Innovation, Jonathan Clark, said: “Graduate Apprenticeships have the potential to transform the way that young people access further and higher education, and it’s clear from the demand that many companies and Universities feel the same way.

Jonathan added: “Graduate Apprentices will be employed during their studies and because much of the learning takes place in the workplace they will have the opportunity to immediately apply what they learn at college or university in their jobs – and vice versa. “This provides opportunities for employers to help shape the skills of their employees and to address skills shortages affecting their industry and the local economy.”


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