Edinburgh Napier University has doubled the number of places available for apprenticeship jobs which give people the chance to study for an honours degree while in full-time employment.
The university’s Graduate Apprenticeship portfolio is also expanding into two new areas – Data Science and Engineering: Design and Manufacture – in 2019/20.
Graduate Apprenticeships (GA), developed by Skills Development Scotland with support from the European Social Fund, were created in order to tackle skills gaps in key areas of Scottish business.
Anyone over the age of 16 who lives in Scotland is eligible, and there are no course fees to pay for apprentices or employers.
Participants spend approximately 80% of their time in work and 20% in university, and can qualify for entry based on both academic and relevant work experience. Employers can either hire new recruits or upskill existing staff.
Edinburgh Napier’s first GA students began their journey to a degree across three courses in the School of Computing in September 2017. The programme expanded into the School of Engineering and Built Environment and the Business School the following year.
The third phase - beginning in September 2019 - will see the number of GA places, funded through Skills Development Scotland, more than double from 90 to 185. This includes the enhancement of the Construction and Built Environment framework with the addition of Architectural Technology to the existing Surveying portfolio.
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