Graduate Apprenticeships

A brand new way to work, learn and earn.

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Guidance for apprentices during the outbreak of COVID-19

If you're a Graduate Apprentice, you should follow the guidance of your learning provider along with the advice of your employer.

If you have been made redundant due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are here to help. Contact our PACE team on 0800 917 8000.

Please read our COVID-19 FAQs for regular updates. You can also visit our sister site, My World of Work, for employment and redundancy support

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

  • 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 industry. What you learn is relevant, and right for your role.

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.

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.

Got more questions?

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

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’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 European Social Fund.

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