Graduate Apprenticeships

Fully funded degree-level training for your employees

Graduate Apprenticeships are unique. They offer a high level of academic and industry accreditation, combined with experience in the workplace. We understand your business has specific skills needs, and that’s why we’ve developed Graduate Apprenticeships in partnership with employers like you.

  • Suitable for new and existing employees 

  • Apprentices learn on the job, supported by Scotland’s top universities and colleges 

  • Designed by industry to your specific business needs  

  • Develop and retain skilled employees who understand your business 

  • Improve your productivity, morale, staff retention and quality of service.

How does it work?

Whether it's a new start to your business or an existing employee, a Graduate Apprenticeship is a great way to develop your workforce. Your Graduate Apprentice will work for you full time. They'll normally spend about 80% of their time at work, and around 20% developing their skills at university or college. The mix between work and learning means the work your employees do counts towards their qualification.



Choose an apprenticeship

Choose an apprenticeship framework that matches your business aims. You then link up with the university or college who are delivering the apprenticeship.


Plan the work

The university or college will help you determine your entry requirements, timescales for recruitment, course content and assessment methods. 



You'll be in charge of the recruitment process, select the right candidate for your organisation and liaise with the college or university to keep them up to date. You can post your vacancy for free here on the Apprenticeship.Scot site.

Support for employers delivering apprenticeships

We want to encourage you to get involved in the development and delivery of your apprentice’s learning.

We've created guidance to help you deliver more successful apprenticeships and increase the benefit to your organisation.

Support for employers

Get expert advice on apprenticeships

We can give you free, one-to-one support, tailored to your business. Contact our Employer Engagement Team for free advice and support to get you started with apprenticeships.

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Got a question?

What is expected of a Graduate Apprentice and their employer? How and when are they recruited? How will the learning element work in practice?

We've pulled together answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about Graduate Apprenticeships.

Read our FAQs

Employer success stories


Aberdeen Standard Investments

Software Development Graduate Apprenticeships

Technical lead at Aberdeen Standard Investments Geoff Webb says that Liam, who is their first Graduate Apprentice, is having a positive impact on the team, and that apprentices like him are crucial to help the business operate successfully.



Software development GAs

CGI and Glasgow Caledonian University describe the benefits of a Graduate Apprenticeship.


Scottish Water

IT: Management for Business

Sally Lawson, Lead IT Partner Consultant, Business Supply said: 'The Graduate Apprenticeship has enabled Supta to bring new ideas and fresh thinking to how we as a business can increase value from our digital partners and suppliers.'

Who's involved

The universities and colleges helping to deliver Graduate Apprenticeships.

Supporting apprentices affected by COVID-19  

COVID-19 has affected apprentices in many ways, including through redundancy. 

If you're an employer who supports Graduate Apprentices, please keep in regular contact with your learning provider for advice on delivery and support.  

Your apprentices can get support and advice from our PACE team on 0800 917 8000. Our related site My World of Work Careers has employment and redundancy support and information, which is also available from our local careers centres. 

 If you need advice on supporting your apprentices’ mental health, read our Mental Health at Work resource for employers for information and links to support organisations. 

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

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