COVID-19 UPDATE: The University recognises that this is a challenging time for employers and that many may be rethinking engagement and recruitment strategies.  We want to reassure you that we will be open and ready to welcome our next cohort of Graduate Apprenticeships for the 2020/21 academic year. Please refer to the University's Covid-19 page for further information.

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What is a Graduate Apprenticeship?

Graduate Apprenticeships are specially designed to enable employers to develop new or existing staff through a blend of work-based and on-campus learning. This means staff remain working full time for their company while earning their degree. Generally, it is expected that the apprentice undertakes about 80% of their learning at work and 20% at university.

Graduate Apprenticeships have been developed by Skills Development Scotland (SDS), Scotland’s national skills body, in partnership with employers, universities and colleges and professional bodies to create stronger links between education and industry.

BEng Civil Engineering Graduate Apprenticeships 2020

The University of Aberdeen is offering 15 funded places on its new Graduate Apprenticeship in BEng Civil Engineering (SCQF level 10) commencing in September 2020.

The model of delivery adopted by the School of Engineering involves two 2-week blocks of campus based delivery each year, each followed by a period of work-based-learning (WBL).

The Bachelor Civil Engineering is a four year degree accredited by the Institution of Structural Engineers, Institution of Civil Engineers, Institute of Highways Engineers and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation.

Civil Engineering at the University of Aberdeen is consistently rated among the top Civil Engineering programmes in the UK, rated highly for Teaching Quality, Student Satisfaction and for Graduate Employability.

Benefits to Employers

Apprenticeships are proven to deliver tangible business benefits, including increased productivity, talent development and retention, improved service delivery and staff engagement in their own professional development.

  • Upskill existing staff to improve productivity and enhance staff retention
  • There is no cost to you or your staff for tuition fees, which are funded by SDS
  • Recruit high quality new staff and develop their skills to meet your particular business needs
  • Work based learning means employees remain working for their company while earning their degree
  • High level of administrative and pastoral support from the University ensuring a streamlined process for companies and their staff
  • Students who successfully complete the Bachelor Civil Engineering will have the opportunity to apply for admission to one of our MSc programmes, including the MSc Advanced Structural Engineering

Who is Eligible?

  • The programme is open to existing or new employees and there is no upper age limit
  • Apprentices must meet the entry requirements for the BEng Civil Engineering degree programme. Other apprenticeships, HNC, HND and professional qualifications will also be considered
    Recognition of prior learning: Applicants who do not hold any of the above qualifications or awards but have relevant work experience may be able to enter this programme. In such cases, the application will be considered on an individual basis, taking into consideration the applicant’s previous study and experience. The applicants will be asked to reflect on their previous experience and demonstrate skills, knowledge and understanding equivalent to that achieved on successful completion of the above entry requirements. We will provide the applicant with support in their reflective process through interviews and guidance on presenting your evidence.
  • Applicants with the relevant qualifications will also be considered for Advanced Entry to year 2 or year 3 in future years
  • Applicants must be resident in Scotland before they start their Graduate Apprenticeship and their usual place of work must also be in Scotland
  • Employees who already received SAAS funding for a qualification are still eligible to do a Graduate Apprenticeship, provided it is in a new subject or is a higher level of qualification.

How to Get Involved

The first step is to contact the Graduate Apprenticeships Coordinator at the University of Aberdeen to discuss your needs by completing the form below. The Graduate Apprenticeships Coordinator will work closely with you and your staff throughout the process and will provide guidance on course content, eligibility criteria, teaching and assessment methods, admissions and timescales for recruitment.

Please submit the form below for further information.

The University of Aberdeen also welcomes contact from employers who may be interested in developing Graduate Apprenticeships in other subject areas in the future.