Boost for graduate apprentice numbers
RGU: Record tally of businesses involved in university scheme
Robert Gordon University (RGU) said yesterday it was working with more than 110 businesses to boost graduate apprenticeship (GA) numbers throughout Scotland.
The university launched its GA scheme in 2017 and has taken on more than 180 graduate apprentices, across a range of disciplines, this year alone.
RGU hailed its new record tally for the number of external organisations taking part in the programme, improving access to degree-level studies, as “a significant milestone”.
It said the new total reflected the success of an “innovative model which engages employers, from large multinationals to small organisations, across both the private and public sectors”.
In collaboration with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, RGU is currently the only university in Scotland to offer a GA in accounting.
Principal John Harper said: “RGU continues to lead in the provision of GAs, highlighted recently by the number and wide geographical spread of the companies we are engaging with in the most recent recruitment cycle.
“As we move into the third year of offering GA opportunities, it is clear these provide a solution to many business needs, equipping workforces across Scotland with the expertise and skills to navigate changing working landscapes.”
Skills Development Scotland, in partnership with industry and the further and higher education sectors, developed GAs to give new and existing employees work-based learning opportunities.
“The learning is relevant and employees are able to put that into practice”
Early participants in RGU’s scheme include Aberdeen firm Balmoral Group, whose senior human reources adviser, Jackie Hunt, said: “The learning is relevant and employees are able to put what they learned straight into practice, bringing fresh ideas to the business.
“Employees are more engaged when they feel supported in their career development and, for the mentors, it provides an opportunity to improve their people management and coaching skills.”
APPRENTICESHIPS: Principal John Harper says RGU continues to lead the way