Highest level accreditation for Graduate Apprenticeship Degree

Published on 7 July 2021

The University of Dundee has been awarded the highest level of accreditation for their BEng Civil Engineering Graduate Apprenticeship Degree, from the Joint Board of Monitors.

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The University, which first welcomed students onto their Graduate Apprenticeship programme in 2017, has been working towards securing the highest level of accreditation for its apprentices. The distinction will greatly assist apprentices with achieving their desired professional qualification, something of huge value within the Civil Engineering sector.

Dr Judith Halliday, Graduate Apprenticeship Programme Director, welcomes that this work-based learning degree has been recognised by industry reviewers, as this level of accreditation will not only allow apprentices to meet the educational base requirements for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status, but also partially meet the education base requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status, from the professional bodies ICE, IStructE, IHE and CIHT.

The accreditation comes at a perfect time for the first intake of Civil Engineering Graduate Apprentices, who are graduating this year, as the accreditation has been backdated, allowing all past, present and future Graduate Apprentices to benefit.

Wayne Paul, the University’s Industrial Liaison Officer, said “At a time when we are all looking towards the future, this accreditation is not only great news for our apprentices, but also for our employers.

“They can be assured that investing in the development of their workforce through our Graduate Apprenticeship programme will not only lead to their workforce gaining their Honours degree, but also help them to secure their desired professional status too.”

The University of Dundee’s Graduate Apprenticeship programme provides employers with the opportunity to develop current or new members of their workforce, of all ages, to Honours degree level at no additional cost to their business.

Combining work-based learning and high-quality education, Graduate Apprentices spend one day a week studying at the University and the remaining four days of the week working in their role. At the end of four years they will receive the same level of Honours degree as a student studying full-time.

With Skills Development Scotland fully funded places available in Business Management, IT Management for Business, IT Software Development, Civil Engineering, and Engineering, Design and Manufacturing, they can help employers develop individuals from across a business. 

If you would like to find out more about the University’s Graduate Apprenticeship programme, please email Wayne Paul 


Jonathan Watson

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