Business & Innovation
In March 2017, RGU announced its inaugural offering of Graduate Apprenticeships, two courses, IT Management for Business and Software Development. In 2018 RGU secured a further 143 fully funded Graduate Apprenticeship places across a range of disciplines including Business Management, Construction, Engineering and repeating the IT courses. In 2019 we have been awarded 180 fully-funded Graduate Apprenticeship places across 8 different frameworks, including new frameworks in Accounting and Data Science.
Graduate Apprenticeships enable participants to earn their degree while working and are delivered in partnership with their employers over the course of four years.
Developed by Skills Development Scotland, in response to employer demands, Graduate Apprenticeships:
- Address national skills shortages in key areas, such as digital technology and construction
- Allow employers to shape their workforce in line with business demands
- Offer a high value, low cost option for employers to retain and upskill staff
Our Graduate Apprenticeships
Shape the expertise of your workforce and develop the skills you need by enrolling existing employees or offering new recruits a place on our Graduate Apprenticeship programmes.
RGU has 180 fully funded places over 8 Graduate Apprenticeship courses. Each course starts in September 2019 please see below the links to the relevant course information.
- Graduate Apprenticeship in BSc (Hons) IT: Management for Business
- Graduate Apprenticeship in BSc (Hons) Construction and the Built Environment
- Graduate Apprenticeship in BEng (Hons) Engineering: Design & Manufacture
- Graduate Apprenticeship in BEng (Hons) Engineering: Instrumentation, Measurement & Control
- Graduate Apprenticeship in BA (Hons) Business Management
- Graduate Apprenticeship in BA (Hons) Business Management: Financial Services
- Graduate Apprenticeship in BSc (Hons) Data Science (Link to external website)
Information about the new Graduate Apprenticeship Accountancy course will be available soon.
How do they work?
To be eligible your employee must live and work in Scotland in a role related to the course topic.
You can take on a new recruit specifically to undertake a Graduate Apprenticeship or enrol an existing employee.
RGU use a blended learning approach supported by our Virtual Learning Environment, with online lectures, discussion forums and access to course materials. This is complemented by on-campus sessions at RGU in Aberdeen to exchange ideas with their peer group and tutors.
Apprentices apply their learning and skills to solve workplace problems. RGU will support participants with structured learning and reflective practice, while company mentors will help them to apply theory to workplace reality. Assessments can link to your employee’s job, typically via portfolios or projects they do within your business.
RGU has decades of experience in working with employers to design programmes that enable employees to study and learn new skills while maintaining workplace productivity.
As a transformational work-based learning initiative Graduate Apprenticeships fit with RGU’s strengths and ethos.
RGU were recently awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), putting us in the top 20% of the best universities in the UK for the quality of our undergraduate teaching and learning.
Our engagement with employers has highlighted the importance of offering a flexible approach which allows the apprentice to spend as much time as possible in the work environment, only coming to campus when necessary. Our delivery model support the learning needs of apprentices regardless of their location.
Please get in touch to discuss how we can work together.
Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: 01224 263119
"Graduate Apprenticeships should offer a ‘Route to the Boardroom’ for many of our Trade Apprentices who, after achieving their advanced craft or similar, have no other formal route to professional competence other than a demonstration of experience through a Chartered Body".
- Keith A Taylor, Managing Director, Robertson Construction Eastern Ltd
"We see Graduate Apprenticeships as a great way to improve the skills base of our existing personnel. It also gives us the opportunity to hire people straight from school and have them working in the business learning all aspects while studying to achieve a degree. We look forward to continuing the good working relationship we have with RGU in helping us deliver knowledge and expertise to our people."
- Shirley Smith, HR Director, EnerMech