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More than 3,500 people have now benefited from Graduate Apprenticeships providing employers with the critical skills that will be vital to support economic recovery. 

During the past year around 500 employers have employed Graduate Apprentices providing individuals with work-based learning up to Master’s degree level. 

The figures come as the latest annual progress report for Graduate Apprenticeships is published by Skills Development Scotland. 

Now in their fourth year, Graduate Apprenticeships continued to meet employer demands for skills and provided opportunities for learners during the pandemic through flexibility in delivery. 

Scottish Government has underlined its continued commitment to work-based learning and the pivotal role of apprenticeships in recovery and providing jobs through the Young Person’s Guarantee. 

The Guarantee ensures education, training, employment or an apprenticeship for everyone aged 16 to 24-years-old over the next two years. 

Graduate Apprenticeships are supporting both the Young Person’s Guarantee and the need to upskill and reskill the workforce to support economic recovery. 

Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Higher Education and Further Education, Youth Employment and Training said: “Graduate Apprenticeships – providing critical skills that employers need – have a key role to play as part of the national endeavour to drive recovery and transform the economy. 

“We know that many of the factors shaping the future of work, like rapid advances in technology, changes in the workplace and the skills needed to thrive, have been accelerated by the pandemic. 

Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Higher Education and Further Education, Youth Employment and Training

We also know that Graduate Apprenticeships – led by employer demand aligned to industry need – are designed to meet the requirements of the future now.

“And we also know that Graduate Apprenticeships – led by employer demand aligned to industry need – are designed to meet the requirements of the future now. 

 

Chair of SDS, Frank Mitchell, said: “Graduate Apprenticeships offer a unique opportunity for employers, enabling them to recruit from a fresh pipeline of young talent. 

 

Despite the pandemic, Graduate Apprentices continued to progress with their learning last year and more opportunities than ever before were available for a new cohort of undergraduates starting their qualification. 

 

This is testament to the strength of employers in these occupational areas and to the innovation and flexibility of higher education institutions.” 

Business Director at tech firm Celestia UK, Dr Diego De la Hoz said that Graduate Apprenticeships are providing skills for the future for businesses of all sizes. 

He said: “We always want to be looking ahead but sometimes it’s difficult because of the hectic pace we face as a small business.  

“Our Graduate Apprentices are a window into the future – a window into different ways of doing things and a catalyst for change.” 

Graduate Apprentice Sarah Spiers works in Arcadis’ Rail Sector and sees the benefits in bridging the gap between university and work-based learning and experience. 

She explained: “This pathway helps me to fill in knowledge gaps between theoretical university learning and ‘real-life’ on-the-job learning. 

“I would definitely recommend a Graduate Apprenticeship to anyone as it provides invaluable networking opportunities, access to additional support, advice from colleagues and the chance to earn while you learn.” 

The Graduate Apprenticeships Progress Report 2020-21

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