Boost for grad­u­ate ap­pren­tice num­bers

RGU: Record tally of busi­nesses in­volved in univer­sity scheme

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - BUSINESS - BY KEITH FIND­LAY

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

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