As Scotland marks national Apprenticeship Week, Robert Gordon University (RGU) is working with industry to enhance work-based learning opportunities with the establishment of graduate level apprenticeships (GLAs).
RGU is the first university in Scotland to confirm the structure and content of its new work-based learning degrees, which it has developed with funding from Skills Development Scotland (SDS) to meet the urgent national industry demand for digital technology graduates.
Following a validation process, the university has delivered a detailed overview of the GLAs, which are confirmed as a BSc (Hons) IT Management for Business and a BSc (Hons) Software Development for Business.
RGU’s Principal, Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski, said: “We are proud of our close relationship with industry which ensures our graduates are equipped for work, helping to secure their futures in an ever changing work environment.
“Sharing resources and expertise is key to success and so we are delighted to support the development of work-based learning opportunities and increase the employability of young people.”
The GLAs enable participants to earn their degree while working and will be delivered in partnership with their employers over the course of four years with learners completing four modules per year, each worth 30 credits per stage.
RGU’s School of Computing Science and Digital Media will match learning outcomes with specific skills requirements and practical experience, linking with workplace projects and supported through RGU’s state-of-the-art virtual learning environment.
Professor John Harper, Deputy Principal at RGU who has overseen the approval process, says: “The confirmation of our GLA structures marks a major milestone for the university and for work-based learning opportunities in Scotland.
“Graduate Level Apprenticeships represent an innovation across teaching and learning. We’re therefore excited to be at the forefront of confirming the degree structures, which are built around the value of time in the workplace as a learning environment.”
Work-based learning supports the education and development of employees so that they acquire the skills, knowledge and competence required to work and progress in the sector. It is centred around reflection on work practice and reviewing and learning from experience.
Graduate Level Apprenticeships have been developed by SDS in partnership with employers, universities and colleges and professional bodies to create stronger links between industry and education and increase graduate employability skills.
Jonathan Clark, Director of Service Design and Innovation at Skills Development Scotland said: “We are delighted to see the first university in Scotland confirm their Graduate Level Apprenticeships structure and congratulate RGU for its leading work in helping us to develop the skills employers need.”
RGU is offering 30 fully-funded places across the pioneering degree programmes and is currently seeking employers interested in taking advantage of the opportunity, which is set to begin in May.
Employers interested in securing places or looking for more information should contact Sally Charles, RGU Business Development Manager via firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01224 262218.
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