Praise for new programmes

Newly launched Heriot-Watt Graduate Apprenticeship programmes in Civil Engineering and Construction Built Environment praised by employers

The programmes will provide an alternative route for students to achieve a degree while in employment

National construction and civil engineering companies have praised Heriot-Watt’s newly launched Graduate Apprenticeship programmes at a recent business event hosted by the University’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Richard Williams OBE, Dr Gillian Murray and the programmes’ leading academics. The event provided an in-depth insight into how the Civil Engineering and Construction and Built Environment programmes will attempt to address industry skills shortages.

The courses are just two of seven Heriot-Watt University Graduate Apprenticeship programmes on offer, which bring together academic and practical experience to help meet the changing needs of Scottish organisations.

The Graduate Apprenticeship programmes will partner with industry to combine workplace training and skill sets with academic knowledge. Developing flexible entry points mean that traditional qualifications or work-based experience can be used to secure places and work-based learning means employers benefit almost immediately from the skills being developed by their team.

This will provide opportunities for employers to identify and address skills shortages in their respective industries, while providing employees with additional knowledge and skills sets to continue developing the workplace environment.

In addition to Civil Engineering and Construction & Built Environment, the programmes include Engineering Design & Manufacture; IT Management for Business; IT Software Development, Business Management and Business Management (Financial Services). Applications are currently being accepted from businesses interested in creating Graduate Apprenticeship positions, with entry open to new and existing employees and at no cost to the business.

The programmes will help future proof businesses by developing skilled workforces in key areas including business management, software and engineering. As a world-leading university with a strong reputation in innovation, Heriot-Watt University is ideally placed to deliver programmes which will increase productivity, expertise and engagement of the workforce.

“We have always pioneered education having been established to provide skills to businesses supporting the first industrial revolution, and now we are arming businesses and students with the new skills needed for the fourth industrial revolution.“ Professor Richard Williams OBE

Carol Geddes, Operations Manager at Sweco UK attended the event. She commented: The Graduate Apprenticeships programmes are something we’re really keen on, we already employ modern apprentices and we’re looking to take that one step further. Sweco UK is a personality-based company as well, and we’re keen to get people who are the right fit for our business.

“The Heriot-Watt University Graduate Apprenticeship Civil Engineering programme can be used to help mould our apprentices’ work-based learning, and keeps them immersed in the team environment while allowing them to progress towards an academic qualification which is key for us.”

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