Graduate Level Apprenticeships

Qualified, capable, more productive employees

A Graduate Level Apprentice learns on the job, just like a Modern Apprentice.

The difference is, they're working their way towards a degree. They can even study up to Masters level.

  • Designed by industry, for industry. So, your employees will develop the skills they – and you – need to succeed
  • They’re based on the standards of professional or regulatory bodies. So, your employees have a clear path to professional recognition
  • It’s a great way to develop your existing staff. They can work towards a degree without having to take time off
  • In some cases, qualifications can be achieved quicker – recognising the value of learning through experience
  • Employees put their learning into practice right away – improving productivity
  • Build a well qualified workforce
  • Work in partnership with higher education institutions or training providers

How it works

A Graduate Level Apprentice will work for you full time, but there might be short periods when they attend university. Everything they do and learn goes straight back to the business – they work while they earn their degree.

Graduate Level Apprenticeships are just beginning

At the moment, there are opportunities in ICT and digital technologies, and civil engineering. But this is set to expand, so it's an exciting time to get involved. 

Building the future of Graduate Level Apprenticeships

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.

Want to know more?

Contact us, and we'll help you discover where your business could fit in.

The story so far

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.

Ian MacDonald, contracts manager, Morgan Sindall

'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.'

Maggie Morrison, public sector Scotland director, CGI

'Our commitment to graduate apprenticeships reflects their potential in offering an innovative new route into the industry.'

Apprenticeships are for everyone

It can just take simple adjustments to make your workplace more accessible. The benefit for you? A more diverse workforce is good for business.

On Our Skillsforce, you'll find the information you need.

Why diversity is good for business 

Equality toolkit for employers 

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The levy is aimed at funding new apprenticeships across the UK.

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

European Union and Scottish flags. European Social Fund. Investing in a smart, sustainable and inclusive future.

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