The University been awarded significant funding to develop and deliver the new Graduate Level Apprenticeships launched by Skills Development Scotland (SDS).
Heriot-Watt has received funding for 25 places on each of three Graduate Level Apprenticeships:
- IT Management for Business;
- IT Software Development;
- Engineering, Design and Manufacturing.
The University will develop and deliver the apprenticeships in partnership with industry, to combine academic knowledge with the skills development and workplace training required by employers.
Apprentices will spend most of their time in the workplace, be paid throughout the apprenticeship, and leave the programme with an honours degree from Heriot-Watt University.
Heriot-Watt has a long heritage of working closely with business and industry, transferring knowledge into social and economic impact.
“The programmes are designed around the needs of industry and we will be working with some of Scotland's leading organisations to combine academic knowledge with skills development in the workplace to benefit the Scottish economy.”
Graduate Level Apprenticeships have been developed by SDS in partnership with employers, universities and colleges and professional bodies to create stronger links between education and industry.
Jonathan Clark, Director of Service Design and Innovation at Skills Development Scotland said: “Graduate Level Apprenticeships have the potential to transform the way that young people access further and higher education.
“Graduate Apprentices will be employed during their studies and because much of the learning takes place in the workplace they will have the opportunity to immediately apply what they learn at college or university in their jobs – and vice versa.
“This provides opportunities for employers to help shape the skills of their employees and to address skills shortages affecting their industry and the local economy.
“SDS is delighted to be working with Heriot-Watt University to deliver three Graduate Level Apprenticeships in IT and engineering and we look forward to working together to develop the skills employers need.”
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