We're working with employers, industry representatives, universities and colleges to create Graduate Level Apprenticeships.
These qualifications are designed to suit your industry, and go up to Masters degree level. They're flexible enough to meet your specific needs as an employer – for new recruits, or existing employees.
So, you can develop employees with the right knowledge and skills to support and grow your business.
Four courses available now, with more planned during 2017
Bring new knowledge and skills into your business
Plan for your skills needs
Attract new talent, as an alternative to traditional graduate schemes
Retain employees by supporting and investing in their development
Develop networks with colleges and universities
Flexible entry and exit points mean your employees can get qualified to the level your business needs. Plus, universities and colleges work with you to create a learning timetable that suits you
They’re based on the standards of professional or regulatory bodies. So, your employees have a clear path to professional recognition
For Graduate Level Apprentices starting in 2017, Skills Development Scotland will fund their learning costs for the duration of the course. Find out about future plans
A Graduate Level Apprentice will work for you full time. It's likely that they'll spend about 80% of their time at work, and 20% with a university or college.
You'll work with the university or college delivering the training to decide what kind of learning timetable best suits your business.
For example, it might suit you to have apprentices attending uni or college once a week. Or, online learning or a block release learning for several weeks, spaced throughout the year, may suit you better.
The mix between work and learning means the work your employees do counts towards their qualification.
The employee must be resident in Scotland at the start of their Graduate Level Apprenticeship. In addition, the premises they're working in must be located in Scotland.
There's no maximum age limit, so you can benefit from additional skills and experience an applicant may have. The employee must be at least 16 years old (or 18, depending on any health and safety requirements in your workplace).
If an employee has already studied or achieved a degree level qualification, they're still eligible for a GLA if it leads to a higher level of qualification or it's in a different subject.
You can use a GLA to help existing employees gain a qualification, or to recruit and train new starts.
Try browsing through our answers to frequently asked questions about GLAs.
Following on from the recent consultation on the apprenticeship levy, the Scottish Government has reaffirmed its committed to the expansion of work-based learning opportunities through Foundation, Modern and Graduate Level Apprenticeships.
Scottish Ministers are committed to increasing the number of Modern Apprentices, including Graduate Level Apprentices, to 30,000 by 2020. They have expressed their strong support for the expansion of Foundation Apprenticeships, as an important part of its Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) youth employment strategy.
The Scottish Government, SDS and its partners understand the level of investment and commitment needed to meet the scale of ambition. We're confident that, by working with industry, employers, FE colleges and universities, Graduate Level Apprenticeships will become an embedded part of Scotland’s skills landscape by 2020 and beyond.
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 who to contact – through the links below.
Develop employees with the right skills in jobs like software development, software testing, web development, or database architecture and development.Find out more
A qualification for employees working in IT consultancy, system operation, system management, network planning and control or project management.Find out more
A GLA designed for employees in the construction industry.Find out more
A qualification for employees working in engineering design, manufacturing engineering, consultancy, operations management, and project management.Find out more
We're currently working with employers, industry and universities and colleges to develop the next set of Graduate Level Apprenticeships. Later in 2017, these additional courses will be available:
There's also a proposed course:
It's only the start for Graduate Level Apprenticeships. But the employers taking part can already see the benefits. Here's what they had to say.
'Graduate Level Apprenticeships have the potential to develop well-rounded individuals who are both academically and professionally qualified, with the skills to advance in a career.'
'Our commitment to graduate apprenticeships reflects their potential in offering an innovative new route into the industry.'
There are more than 80 types of Modern Apprenticeship. Find the one that suits your business.Take on a Modern Apprentice
Apprenticeships now let you build closer links with local schools – and start developing the workforce of the future.Find out more
From April 2017, employers with a wage bill of more than £3 million will pay an apprenticeship levy.
The levy is aimed at funding new apprenticeships across the UK.About the levy