Graduate Level Apprenticeships

The skills gap in the ever evolving IT and Digital industries in Scotland is widening.  Currently 72% of employers in Scotland have reported a lack of technical, practical or job specific skills in applicants.
To help bridge this gap Edinburgh Napier University’s School of Computing has received funding of over £1M from Skills Development Scotland to develop and deliver two new work based Graduate Level Apprenticeship (GLA) courses as a way for individuals to develop the necessary knowledge, skills and competencies required by Scottish Industries:
  • BSc (Hons) Software Development
  • BSc (Hons) IT Management for Business
Building on the success of existing Foundation and Modern Apprenticeship programmes, these GLAs will give individuals the opportunity to be in paid employment whilst completing their Honours degree. 

The Software Development and IT Management for Business GLAs are set to commence in summer 2017, where Apprentices will undertake two modules per trimester which will be completed on block release, giving them the added benefit of both classroom and work based learning.

Edinburgh Napier University will have a total of 30 places available across both courses, and is currently seeking potential employers to sign-up to the scheme, giving them a chance to lead both courses in an effort to match the offering with their specific requirement. 

Graduate Level Apprenticeships work as a pioneering alternative to more traditional graduate schemes.  They are open to either new recruits, such as high calibre school leavers, or people currently employed who are looking to develop their personal careers.  There is no maximum age limit on who can become a GLA and entry & exit points are flexible.

Benefits to Employers include:
  • Bridge the skills gap in IT technical roles in a cost effective way with new or existing high calibre staff
  • Learning costs for GLAs starting in summer 2017 will be fully funded by Skills Development Scotland for the duration of the course
  • Employer led – designed by industry and for industry.  The University will work with businesses to help shape the course and create a flexible learning timetable that meets their needs
  • Retain existing employees by supporting and investing in their development
  • BSc Graduates through a GLA programme will have a much higher level of business knowledge and practical experience in comparison to traditional graduates
  • Apprentices have been shown to be very loyal to their company, allowing retention of top talent
  • Gain a more diverse workforce – GLAs will be particularly attractive to females, mature students and individuals from non-traditional backgrounds who have a lot to offer
  • Following a successful launch event during Apprenticeship week in early March, employer interest in pioneering the GLA programme is very high, particularly with the incentive of the programme being fully funded for the summer 2017 intake.  
The University is currently in the process of meeting prospective employers with whom to partner.  If you would like to register your interest in the course please contact our Employer Liaison Manager, Scott Killen, on 0131 445 2312 or  He can help with any queries you may have and can also arrange a meeting to go through the specific details at your convenience.  

Employers have an unmet demand for computing graduates. These courses will be a true partnership between the tech sector in Scotland and the University attracting new talent into the sector.

Dr Sally Smith

Dean of Edinburgh Napier’s School of Computing

Merchiston Campus

10 Colinton Road
EH10 5DT

0131 455 2412