Graduate Apprenticeships

Benefits of a Graduate Apprenticeship

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.

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Who can apply for Graduate Apprenticeships

Photo of apprentice standing in modern office corridorIn 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

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.

If you have more questions

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

Types of Graduate Apprenticeship


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.

Apprenticeships are for everyone

If you have a disability or 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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Mental Health resource for apprentices

Do you have questions or concerns about your mental health and wellbeing at work? In partnership with mental health charity Penumbra, we have put together a resource to support you.

View Mental Health resource for apprentices and employees

Support for redundancy following COVID-19  

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. 

Visit our related site My World of Work Careers for employment and redundancy support and to find your local careers centre

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. 

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

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