Graduate Apprenticeships

A brand new way to work, learn and earn

Graduate Apprentice Supta at Scottish Water

Get a job, get paid and get a degree at the same time

Did you know 72% of Scottish employers think job applicants lack technical, practical or job specific skills?

A Graduate Apprenticeship helps you build the skills and knowledge that Scottish industries need. You'll work, get paid, and achieve a degree – even up to masters level.

You'll spend most of your time learning on the job, but will also be a student at a university or college.

  • You'll be in a paid job

  • You'll gain your qualification with a respected university or college.

    In 2018, there will be 11 courses on offer at 12 different universities and colleges.

  • Instead of thinking about how things might happen in the real world, you'll be putting your learning into practice right away. You'll solve problems on real projects

  • The work you do counts towards gaining your qualification – meaning you could gain your degree faster

  • GAs are designed by industry and for industry – so you can be confident that what you learn is relevant, and right for the role you're in

Search and apply for a vacancy

We have the latest Graduate Apprenticeship vacancies on our site. Start your search now.

Who can apply?

In order to apply, you must be resident in Scotland before you start your Graduate Apprenticeship. The premises you work in must also be located in Scotland. As part of your application, you'll have to show that you have the right to live and work in Scotland.

There's no upper age limit on Graduate Apprenticeship. You can apply if you're 16 or over. Some vacancies might be for ages 18 and over, because of health and safety requirements.

Plus, even if you've already done a degree with SAAS funding, you could still do a GA – if it's a higher level of qualification in the same subject, or a career change to something new. So, if you're looking to learn while you work this could be the perfect opportunity.

Already in work? You can complete a GA as an existing employee, too. You could discuss this option with your employer.

Got more questions?

We've pulled together answers to some frequently asked questions.

Types of Graduate Apprenticeship

Universities and colleges - 2018 delivery partners


  • Edinburgh Napier University
  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Glasgow Kelvin College
  • Heriot - Watt University
  • The Open University
  • Queen Margaret University
  • Robert Gordon University
  • University of the West of Scotland
  • University of Dundee
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Strathclyde
  • University of the Highlands and Islands


Contact us

Find out more about Graduate Apprenticeships and what's available in your area.

What's it really like?

We asked some of the first Graduate Apprentices what they think of their experience.

Software Development GAs at CGI and Glasgow Caledonian University

We found out from Graduate Apprentices, employers and uni staff what you can expect from the GA in software development.

Female apprentice and employer at computer

Cyber Security Graduate Apprenticeship - Craig's story

'The apprenticeship is designed to make you into a well-rounded individual and move forward. I'm already building up the skills to be able to help others, too.'

Graduate Level Apprentice Bethany stands at the sea front in Thurso

Bethany Welsh, Civil Engineering GA, Balfour Beatty

'I feel my apprenticeship has given me a starting point which will help me through a journey for a lifetime. It's given me such confidence.'

Read Bethany's story

Not sure which apprenticeship is for you?

My World of Work can help you explore your options. Try one of the tools below, and start to find out more about what careers might suit you.

Female Modern Apprentice Amy works on a laptop at her desk in a bright, colourful office

Apprenticeships are for everyone

If you’re disabled or have learning difficulties, you might be eligible for additional support such as Access to Work grants. Find out about what’s available and where to get advice on My World of Work.

Look out for the Disability Confident symbol on the job vacancies here on This means if you apply, identify yourself as disabled, and meet the minimum criteria, you should be offered an interview.

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

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