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Supporting employers to develop the skills of their workforce.

The University of Dundee is one of the providers of a major new programme of Graduate Apprenticeships launched by Skills Development Scotland (SDS).

Graduate Apprenticeships are a new type of degree being offered this year by University of Dundee.  The combination of work-based learning and high quality education allows both employers and students to benefit in a number of ways.

Businesses can either recommend an existing employee to undertake a Graduate Apprenticeship or hire a new member of staff.  Current employees could be professionals who have no formal education and are keen to progress, or non-technical employees moving into IT, software development, or engineering.

This kind of work-based learning offers great opportunities for people to develop the skills that our industrial partners are looking for, and strengthens the links between the University and business.

Karen Petrie
Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching, School of Science and Engineering

There is high demand for Graduate Apprenticeship spaces from applicants looking to undertake a degree.  The prospect of gaining experience in a relevant job whilst getting a degree appeals to motivated and career-minded students as well as professionals who are looking to retrain.

University of Dundee Graduate Apprenticeship courses include:


What is a Graduate Apprenticeship?

  • Graduate Apprenticeships are an honours degree which uses work-based learning
  • Graduate Apprenticeships provide a new way for people to study for a degree who are currently in employment, or who want to work in a relevant role gaining the right experience while studying.
  • Employees can broaden their knowledge, learn new skills and secure industry accreditation, which will them progress as professionals and contribute to the business they are employed by.
  • By investing in their staff through the apprenticeships, employers can develop their workforce and support staff to develop their skills to industry and professional standards, in turn supporting the business and developing new solutions to date to day challenges.
  • Because the Graduate Apprenticeship is designed around the needs of industry, employers will have confidence that what their staff are learning at university will directly contribute to the success of the business.

I liked the idea of gaining experience within the world of work and having an up-to-date knowledge based on current activity within the industry rather than going to University full-time. However, the Graduate Apprenticeships are the best way to study. It puts you in a position where you are ahead of the standard graduate with four full years industry experience by the time you finish with a equivalent degree.

Kyle Baptie
First Year Civil Engineering Graduate Apprentice

Get in touch

If you would like to find out more either as an employer or a student, contact us via our online form.

Graduate Apprenticeships
+44 (0)1382 384787

Supported by Skills Development Scotland and the European Social Fund.

To find out more about the Scottish Graduate Apprenticeship programme visit