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Graduate Apprenticeships

A Graduate Apprenticeship will help you get the higher-level knowledge and skills you need to succeed and progress in a career. Combine work and study while you learn in the workplace and earn a university degree or professional qualification.

Step up your career opportunities with a Graduate Apprenticeship in the NHS

You’ll get all the benefits of paid employment on a training salary while studying at a Scottish university. It’s an excellent way to develop your knowledge and skills and progress your career in a role where you can make a difference to others.

If you love learning by actively putting knowledge and skills to work, you’re an ideal candidate for a Graduate Apprenticeship. You must also: 

  • Be aged 16 or over.
  • Have the right to work in the UK for the duration of the Graduate Apprenticeship.
  • Satisfy the entry requirements for degree-level study included in the vacancy information. Usually, this means having SQA Highers at SCQF level 6 or equivalent.
  • Qualify for funding from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). It is paid directly to the university, but each student must apply individually.

During your studies, you’ll be supported by your manager, a workplace mentor, and university staff delivering the qualification. Together, you’ll agree time for your studies and identify a series of work-based projects that suit your job role as you progress through the course.

Find out more about Graduate Apprenticeships.

Which Graduate Apprenticeship is right for you?

The following Graduate Apprenticeship types are available in the NHS:

  • Business Management
  • Project Management
  • Cyber Security
  • Software Development
  • Data Science
  • Construction and the Built Environment

Your NHSScotland employer will pay your salary and offer study time so you can go to university lectures and complete your assignments.

Work-based projects are a key part of a Graduate Apprenticeship. They are also submitted as assessments for grading. Your university and employer will work with you to make sure your projects are both interesting and relevant to your role. 

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