Graduate Level Apprenticeships

A brand new way to work, learn and earn

Graduate Level Apprentice Bethany stands at the sea front in Thurso

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 Level 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 2017, there will be 19 courses on offer, across four subject areas, at eight 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

  • GLAs 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 upload the latest Graduate Level Apprenticeship vacancies every day. Start your search now.

Who can apply?

In order to apply, you must be resident in Scotland before you start your Graduate Level 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 Level 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 GLA – 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 GLA 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.

What's on offer?

There are four courses available now, with more to follow later in 2017. Our university and college delivery partners include University of the Highlands and Islands, Glasgow Caledonian University, Robert Gordon University, Glasgow Kelvin College, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Napier University, University of the West of Scotland, and the University of Dundee. Find out more about each of the courses – and where you can sit them – through the links below.

IT: Software Development (SCQF level 10)

Get the skills you need to develop new software and set yourself up for a bright future in a thriving industry.

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IT: Management for Business (SCQF level 10)

Learn what's involved in leading and managing IT projects and open your options to whole host of roles.

Find out more

Civil Engineering (SCQF level 8)

Build the skills you need for a future in a growing industry.

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Engineering: Design and Manufacture (SCQF level 10)

Learn the skills you need to succeed in the engineering industry.

Find out more

What's next?

The next round of courses are already being developed. Later in 2017, you can expect to see the following:

  • Engineering: Instrumentation, Measurement and Control (SCQF level 10)
  • Business Management: Financial Services (SCQF level 10)

There's also a proposed course in the works for:

  • Construction: Built Environment (SCQF level 10)

What's it really like?

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

Software development GLAs at CGI and Glasgow Caledonian University

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

A group of Graduate Level Apprenticeships at the University of the Highlands and Islands stand in a civil engineering classroom

Richard Green, civil engineering GLA, Fairhurst Engineering

'The Graduate Level Apprenticeship will help me gain the competitive edge over those who do not have the same level of work-based experience.'

Graduate Level Apprentice Bethany stands at the sea front in Thurso

Bethany Welsh, civil engineering GLA, 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.'


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 Level Apprenticeships with support from the European Social Fund

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