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Demand for Graduate Apprenticeships is increasing year-on-year, with a growing number of Scottish employers using work-based learning to meet their critical skills needs.

Graduate Apprenticeships are providing an innovative approach for businesses to upskill and reskill new and existing employees, enabling industry to create closer links with education and secure their workforce of the future.

Capgemini is the latest of hundreds of employers who see the critical contribution Graduate Apprenticeships can make to developing their talent.

Eight current employees at the firm’s base in Inverness will work towards a BSc Hons in Cyber Security, delivered by The Open University.

Darren Robbins, deputy manager at Capgemini’s Security Operations Centre in the Highland capital, said: “As a consulting, technology services and digital transformation company, we are committed to our employees’ development to help them unlock their potential.

“Through this new Graduate Apprenticeship offer, we’re now able to provide them with a more advanced qualification to accelerate their careers.

“Our apprentices will use their workplace experience and studies to gain a degree, and Capgemini and our clients will benefit from their new knowledge and understanding of cyber security.”

Suzanne McQuade, business relationships manager at The Open University, added: “Graduate Apprenticeships allow employers like Capgemini to upskill their workforce and attract and retain talent. That’s especially important in the Highlands and Islands.

“As the world of work rapidly evolves, Graduate Apprenticeships are hugely beneficial to employers of all types and sizes.”

With work-based learning firmly part of Scottish Government policy and strategy commitments for the future, the majority of Scottish universities now offer Graduate Apprenticeships.

“As the world of work rapidly evolves, Graduate Apprenticeships are hugely beneficial to employers of all types and sizes.”

Darren Robbins, Capgemini

With work-based learning firmly part of Scottish Government policy and strategy commitments for the future, the majority of Scottish universities now offer Graduate Apprenticeships.

Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University also announced this week it will offer 175 fully-funded Graduate Apprenticeships for entry in September 2020 across a range of disciplines including accountancy, construction, engineering, data science, IT management for business and business management.

University Principal, Professor John Harper said: “Graduate Apprenticeships represent a major step-change in learning and were introduced to address future skills shortages in key areas.

“As we move into the fourth year of offering GA opportunities, it is clear these provide a solution to many business needs, equipping workforces across Scotland with the expertise and skills to navigate changing working landscapes.”

One such employer to benefit is engineering firm Score Group. Training Manager Steven Wilson said: “The GA gives the apprentice an opportunity to experience the world of work and develop academically toward a degree while experiencing much of what is learned being applied to the workplace, as well as the obvious advantage of being paid to learn and study and not build student debt.”

Chair of Skills Development Scotland, Frank Mitchell, said: “The continued growth of Graduate Apprenticeships is a clear vote of confidence from Scotland’s business community.

“Employers see how Graduate Apprenticeships can help upskill their workforce, improve productivity, increase workforce engagement and improve talent retention.

“Universities are forming stronger relationships with industry and Skills Development Scotland is committed to working with all its partners to ensure this growth continues.”

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To find out more, visit apprenticeships.scot

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