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 job and get paid
You'll gain your qualification with a respected university or college
You'll be putting your learning into practice right away, solving problems on real world projects
Your work counts towards gaining your qualification, so you could gain your degree faster
Designed by, and for, real employers. What you learn is relevant and right for your role.
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.
From 2021, all Graduate Apprentices must apply directly to SAAS for funding. For more information on how to apply, visit https://www.saas.gov.uk/full-time/graduate-apprenticeships
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.
We've pulled together answers to some frequently asked questions about Graduate Apprenticeships.
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If your apprenticeship has been affected by COVID-19, Skills Development Scotland can help.
You can contact our PACE team on 0800 917 8000 for redundancy advice and support. Read more about the types of support offered by PACE.
If you need mental health support, have a look at our Mental Health at Work resource for apprentices. It provides advice on support organisations and how your employer can help you.