Robert Gordon University to offer over 200 graduate apprenticeship opportunities

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ROBERT Gordon University (RGU) has announced it is to offer over 200 fully-funded graduate apprenticeship opportunities for entry in 2021.

The Aberdeen university confirmed that courses in a range of disciplines will be offered, including in construction and engineering. It is being delivered as part of a partnership between the institute and the Scottish Funding Council and Skills Development Scotland.

Developed in collaboration with industry and further and higher education sectors, the graduate apprenticeships will allow individuals to become qualified up to master’s degree level while in paid employment.

The university revealed that, despite the Covid-19 pandemic, over 200 apprentices were enrolled in their graduate apprenticeship programmes – which it said highlights the continued need for organisations to develop their workforces in response to the challenging economic environment, and the value of highly-skilled staff in helping organisations to be resilient in the face of ‘seemingly unending’ challenges.

Donella Beaton, associate vice principal for business and economic development at RGU, commented, “Our graduate apprenticeship courses have been designed to optimise time in the workplace, making extensive use of online learning through engaging content and opportunities to interact with classmates and subject experts.

“This approach is particularly relevant in the current environment where digital education has become the norm. Apprentices can immediately put their enhanced skills and knowledge into practice with the support of their employer and the University, allowing them to succeed in their role.

“This latest award cements our position as a leading provider of GAs and we look forward to working with many more businesses as we drive this innovative work-based learning model forward.”

Caitlin Mooney, who is currently studying a graduate apprenticeship while working at Skills Development Scotland, added, “I knew from the beginning it would be a great experience to build my skills and knowledge, but it has exceeded my expectations. My confidence, capability and maturity has increased and so rapidly as well, I never expected to see and feel the benefits of the Graduate Apprenticeship this early on. It was the best decision I’ve ever made!”

If you are interested in enrolling in a graduate apprenticeship at RGU, further details can be found here.