University of the Highlands and Islands extends civil engineering offering

INVERNESS College UHI has launched a new graduate apprenticeship in civil engineering at Honours Degree level.

Starting this September, the move comes after the University of the Highlands and Islands was successful in its bid to Skills Development Scotland to run the four-year SCQF Level 10 work-based learning programme.

Inverness College UHI currently provides a graduate apprenticeship in civil engineering at SCQF Level 8 (Diploma in Higher Education).

In partnership with CITB, the university was the first in Scotland to develop and pilot a graduate apprenticeship.

Carrie Higgins, civil engineering graduate apprenticeship programme leader said, “The University of the Highlands and Islands is very proud to be a pioneer in this type of apprenticeship and we are absolutely delighted to be able to extend our offering to provide a GA in Civil Engineering at Level 10, allowing apprentices to study right through to Honours Degree level.

“We have built up a very strong relationship with industry and work closely with employers so we know demand is there for this type and level of learning. It’s not only attractive to employers because it means they can provide training to an employee from the very start of their degree, it also means students can earn, learn on the job and study at the same time. It really is a win, win.”