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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.

Additional Places Released

We are now able to offer additional places starting in February on our Graduate Apprenticeships in Business Management, Data Science, and Cyber Security.

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to be part of our Spring intake

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.

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

Graduate Apprenticeships are delivered in partnership with the Scottish Funding Council and Skills Development Scotland




Our Graduate Apprenticeships

Find out more about our 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.

Employer & Mentor Benefits

  • Suitable for new and existing employees
  • Mould recruits from the outset
  • Access high-quality staff training at no extra cost
  • Designed with industry for your business needs
  • Develop and retain skilled employees
  • Enhance productivity, morale and service quality
  • Mentor peer-group discussions and training opportunities
  • Dedicated support from RGU’s course delivery team, including the GA Mentor Consultant
  • Opportunity to develop a close working relationship with RGU and access project funding streams

Apprentice Benefits

  • Opportunity to participate in innovative teaching, learning and assessment methods
  • Study towards your degree without taking a break from employment or building up student debt
  • Support from your employer and mentor to undertake work-based learning and protected time for study
  • Access to subject matter experts in your business
  • Applying your new learning into practice through work-based projects
  • Apprentice peer and study group support
  • Dedicated support from RGU’s course delivery team, including Course Leaders and the GA Success Coach
  • Opportunity to become part of the wider RGU student community, including RGU’s Student Union and clubs
  • Fantastic career prospects both during and after your studies

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.

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.

Contact Us

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


"The Graduate Apprenticeship in Accounting is a fantastic opportunity for students to gain practical skills on the job and put their academic learning into practice in real time.

The combined support of a workplace mentor and the university gives a unique learning path for students.

This provides real benefits for employers in terms of the students having the professional skills and qualifications required to excel in the workplace."

- Jennifer Cardno, Accountant, Leiper and Summers

"Studying towards a degree while learning on the job is invaluable, and the staff at the club and RGU have been incredibly supportive throughout my experience so far."

- Lee Forsyth, IT Manager and Graduate Apprentice Student, Aberdeen Football Club

"It provides us with development opportunities for our staff to gain graduate level qualifications by applying the knowledge and skills developed in the workplace."

- David Bowman, Head of IT and Digital and Graduate Apprentice Mentor, Aberdeen Football Club



Published: Thursday 21 October 2021

Q&A with David Thomas, Graduate Apprenticeship mentor at IKM Testing

David Thomas is currently mentoring Emma Finegan who is undertaking a Graduate Apprenticeship in Accounting. He recently took some time to answer questions about his experience as a mentor.

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Published: Thursday 21 October 2021

Studying a GA has allowed Emma Finegan to achieve her goals

Studying a Graduate Apprenticeship (GA) has allowed Emma Finegan to gain more knowledge and insight into the company she works at, as well as the wider Accounts industry.

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Published: Thursday 29 July 2021

Aberdeen Business School joins prestigious Small Business Charter

Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) Aberdeen Business School has been awarded Small Business Charter accreditation in recognition of its business support, entrepreneurship education and engagement within the local economy.

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