September 13th 2018 | University of Strathclyde, Technology & Innovation Centre


Breakout Session Sponsors

Robert Gordon University

Graduate Level Apprenticeships (GLAs) are an exciting new development in degree delivery that Robert Gordon University (RGU) with its history, reputation and infrastructure are well equipped to deliver. 

RGU is delighted to be working with Skills Development Scotland and employers at the forefront of developing and delivering GLAs to help meet the future needs of business, organisations and the wider Scottish economy. 

RGU already partners with business assisting with quality improvement and the maximizing of profits through employee training, developing products or future-proofing business models. This transformational work based learning initiative is a complementary addition to the existing suite of business services and the professional and industry-focussed ethos that the university adopts.

RGU has an outstanding reputation not only for highly qualified graduates but also highly relevant and employable graduates across a number of sectors leading to RGU being consistently ranked among the UK's top universities for graduate employment for many years. RGU were also recently awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), placing them in the top 20% of the best universities in the UK for the quality of its undergraduate teaching and learning.


University of Strathclyde

We are the University of Strathclyde - The place of useful learning

A leading international technological University, our reputation and influence is global. Located in the heart of Glasgow, Scotland’s biggest city, studying at Strathclyde is a fantastic experience, where our students enjoy flexible, innovative learning and excellent facilities.

We’re known for our excellent industrial placements, scholarships and opportunities to study abroad. Producing graduates who are ready for the workplace, our dedicated Careers Services works with our students to help them choose and manage their careers.

Whether you’re an undergraduate, postgraduate or research student, we’ve got a wide range of courses to fit all. 


Edinburgh Napier University

Edinburgh Napier University is one of the largest higher education institutions in Scotland with over 19,000 students from more than 130 countries.  We offer industry informed courses which combine the optimum balance of theory and practice, to equip our graduates for success today's competitive global job market.  We have a reputation for the diversity of our student community, employability of our graduates, our international reach, and our engagement with business through research and enterprise.

To help bridge the widening skills gap in the STEM market Edinburgh Napier University has designed and developed the new work based Graduate Level Apprenticeship (GLA) courses, in partnership with Skills Development Scotland.  GLAs provide individuals the opportunity to be in paid employment whilst gaining University level qualifications.  We are currently running cohorts in IT Software and Cybersecurity across several notable employers, and will be expanding on these coures as well as offering additional Engineering and Business programmes from 2018.

Glasgow Caledonian University

GCU is an innovative university in the centre of Glasgow and is in the top 150 young Universities in the world (THE, 2017).  It has 20,000 students studying from more than 100 countries. With its commitment to the Common Good, award winning eco-friendly campus and wide range of accreditations and industry links, it is proud to have a graduate employment rate of 97% (HESA, 2017).  As the first Changemaker Campus in Scotland, GCU is a leader in widening access. GCU also has a cutting edge campus in London and is the first foreign higher education institution to award degrees in New York, with the establishment of GCNYC.

Three Graduate Level Apprenticeship programmes are launching in September in  IT and Engineering. With over 40 years’ experience delivering flexible, part time programmes across all sectors in the UK and internationally, GCU has strength in applied research and experience in employer focused learning.


Heriot-Watt University

Graduate Level Apprenticeships at Heriot-Watt University

Graduate Level Apprenticeships (GLAs) are an exciting new approach to skills development, presenting an opportunity to combine academic knowledge with skills development in the workplace. They give individuals the opportunity to increase their professional skills and enhance their career prospects while earning and studying to degree level.

Heriot-Watt University has a total of 75 places across three GLAs in Engineering, Design and Manufacturing, IT Management for Business and IT Software Development.

The University develops and delivers the apprenticeships, in partnership with employers. Apprentices spend most of their time in the workplace, are paid throughout the apprenticeship, and leave the programme with an Honours Degree from Heriot-Watt University.

For employers, they are a highly efficient and effective way to meet the needs of industry, helping to; develop and retain existing staff, plan for skills needs, bring in new knowledge and skills and attract new talent.

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QA is the UK’s leading technology and business services training business, with over 30 years’ experience in the industry.  Their Apprenticeship division launched in 2009 and has helped employers across the UK recruit and train over 12,000 young people into new IT and Digital jobs in the last 7 years, with almost 3,000 of these based in Scotland.

In 2016, QA became Microsoft’s Global Training Partner, providing their Apprentices with World Class training alongside SQA Qualifications.  They work with the full spectrum of businesses, with over 1,500 SME’s, alongside some of the UK’s best known blue chip businesses across all sectors.  In Scotland, they have 3 training academies for apprentices to gain recognised sector relevant qualifications – Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen.

QA is a key partner in helping the Scottish Governments ambition to make Scotland a world class digital nation by 2020. 


Fife College

Fife College provides relevant life-long learning opportunities for over 26,000 students with full-time, part-time, and evening study options available - from introductory and access programmes, through craft and intermediate levels to higher diplomas, degrees and post-graduate studies.

Offering world-class facilities and experienced staff, Fife College works closely with SDS, awarding bodies, sector skills councils and employers to ensure that companies from across all sectors are able to access the required training to meet their own demand for a skilled workforce. 

The extensive portfolio of education and training services developed and delivered by the College ranges from completely managed Modern Apprenticeships (MAs), Foundation Apprenticeships (FAs), Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) and accredited courses in all major disciplines, to the provision of work-based assessors and training advisors.

0344 248 0125 


Forth Valley College

Forth Valley College is a leading provider of education offering a wide range of courses and training opportunities.   They have state-of-the-art campuses across the central belt in Alloa, Falkirk and Stirling and welcome approx. 14,500 students per academic session. 

Their  provision ranges from access to degree level and includes full-time and part-time courses,evening classes, flexible learning, vocational qualifications and business training courses.  

They have over 1000 Modern Apprentices across a range of sectors and hold one of the highest achievement rates for Modern Apprenticeships in Scotland.

The College works closely with a range of partners to ensure they are delivering opportunities which meet the needs of learners, employers and national skill agendas.