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Graduate Apprenticeships

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Graduate Apprenticeships

Graduate Apprenticeships provide fully-funded structured training to degree level for employees – a great way to mould new recruits from the outset and/or upskill your staff to make your business more productive.

Now, more than ever, is the time to ensure your workforce has the right skills and capabilities to help support your organisation’s future success.

Due to high demand we are offering a February start date for our Graduate Apprenticeships in Business Management and Data Science, covering subjects such as leadership, management and strategy as well as digital and data analytic skills.  All of which are becoming increasingly important as businesses look to the future both during and especially post COVID-19.  Get in touch to find out more:

Graduate Apprenticeships (GAs) are designed around the needs of business and industry and allow employees to continue to work while they earn their degree over the course of up to four years.

Working in partnership with RGU to build the workforce of your future, GAs involve business in the learning process so that it fits seamlessly with your operational priorities and supports the skills needs for your organisation’s future success as our economy recovers.  

Developed by Skills Development Scotland, in response to employer demands, Graduate Apprenticeships:

  • Address national skills shortages in key areas, such as digital technology and construction
  • Allow employers to shape their workforce in line with business demands
  • Offer a high value, low cost option for employers to retain and upskill staff

Our Graduate Apprenticeships

RGU currently offers Graduate Apprenticeships in 7 courses.  View the relevant course page for more information:

Available courses

How do they work?

To be eligible your employee must live and work in Scotland in a role related to the course topic.

You can take on a new recruit specifically to undertake a Graduate Apprenticeship or enrol an existing employee.

RGU use a blended learning approach supported by our Virtual Learning Environment, with online lectures, discussion forums and access to course materials. This is complemented by on-campus sessions at RGU in Aberdeen to exchange ideas with their peer group and tutors.

Apprentices apply their learning and skills to solve workplace problems. RGU will support participants with structured learning and reflective practice, while company mentors will help them to apply theory to workplace reality. Assessments can link to your employee’s job, typically via portfolios or projects they do within your business.

Why RGU?

RGU has decades of experience in working with employers to design programmes that enable employees to study and learn new skills while maintaining workplace productivity.

As a transformational work-based learning initiative Graduate Apprenticeships fit with RGU’s strengths and ethos.

RGU were recently awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), putting us in the top 20% of the best universities in the UK for the quality of our undergraduate teaching and learning.

Our engagement with employers has highlighted the importance of offering a flexible approach which allows the apprentice to spend as much time as possible in the work environment, only coming to campus when necessary. Our delivery model support the learning needs of apprentices regardless of their location.


Please get in touch to discuss how we can work together.

Email us at:
Telephone: 01224 263119


"The ability for our employees to gain a degree level qualification whilst working in their chosen function within Hydrasun is both great for the employee’s personal development and for the company’s succession planning for the future.  Graduate Apprenticeships are a key element in our overall employee development programs at Hydrasun."

- Carole Small, Group HR Manager, Hydrasun, Aberdeen

"As a mature student, who hasn't been in formal education for over 30 years, I am finding the course challenging, interesting and rewarding. If you want to stretch yourself and get your brain fit? The GA Apprenticeship course is like couch to 5k for the mind!"

- Peter Scott, Graduate Apprentice, Diageo



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