Edinburgh Napier University

Information for Employers

Are you looking for an innovative, cost-effective way to attract and retain the top talent in your industry?

Employ a Graduate Apprentice

As market leaders in work-based learning experiences, Edinburgh Napier University is the perfect partner for your organisation. 

Graduate Apprenticeships (GA) give you the chance to develop new or existing employees through fully-funded, degree level training.  Graduate Apprentices work with you full time, spending 80% of their time in the workplace and 20% at university. We work with organisations of all sizes, from micro-SMEs to blue-chip companies, delivering Graduate Apprenticeships in eight subject areas.  This proves our ability to shape the GA experience around the needs of your business.

We will support your organisation through the process and use our experience and resources to put you at the centre of what we do.

Benefits for your business

No fees to pay

No learning costs for you and your apprentice for the entire course.

Recruit & retain top talent

Attract and keep the best people who understand the skills and needs of your business.

Improve your productivity

Graduate Apprentices apply their learning in the workplace, bringing new skills and knowledge to benefit your organisation.

Develop University links

Link with top academics and exciting projects at Edinburgh Napier University.

Work-based learning

We provide personalised learning opportunities, where tasks and projects your apprentice does in work counts towards their degree.

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How it works

Graduate Apprenticeships (GA) have been developed by Skills Development Scotland in partnership with industry and further and higher education sectors.  They meet specific employer skills needs in Scotland.  GAs are a great way for you to upskill current staff or attract new and emerging talent to your business.
The below will give you a better understanding of how it works and how you can be involved.

  • Graduate Apprentices work with you full-time, studying with us either on a day or block release basis (see course details below for more info)
  • Apprentices must work a minimum 21 hours per week (excluding university days)
  • University time must be included within your apprentice’s contracted working hours
  • Courses commence annually in September
  • Entry requirements are flexible and can take into account relevant work experience
  • Maximum length of degree is 4 years – advanced entry is available subject to application
  • Learning costs are fully funded by Skills Development Scotland, however travel and materials, such as books and hardware, are not included
  • You do not have to pay the Apprenticeship Levy in order to be eligible
  • The Graduate Apprentice must live and work in Scotland
  • You make the decision on who joins the course, subject to their meeting entry requirements.  We do not carry a database of applicants to ‘place’ into your business
  • Graduate Apprentices need a workplace mentor. See our page on Graduate Apprenticeship mentoring


How you can get involved

You can reserve places with us either for recruitment of new staff before you advertise your role, or for existing staff when they have been identified and all parties are committed to the programme.
The first step is to express your interest in the programme and a member of our team will contact you to set up an initial explorative discussion.  We’ll talk you through the process, how the applications work and discuss what we’d be looking for from you as an employer, as well as outlining all the support we offer.

Registering your interest

Please get in touch to find out more or to register your interest. We start to allocate places around January, but please note numbers are limited and demand is high. We also operate a reserve list once the initial places are filled and work to ensure we offer as many places as possible across a broad range of organisations.

Foundation and Modern Apprenticeships

Did you know that if you currently employ Foundation and/or Modern Apprentices you can continue to develop their learning through a Graduate Apprenticeship?  As long as they complete their course prior to starting we can provide transition to a GA in a similar subject area, recognising any prior learning the apprentice has done.  If you’d like to know more get in touch and we’ll talk you through the process, including the differences in supporting a Graduate Apprentice in comparison to other Apprenticeships.

More information

Still got a question about our Graduate Apprenticeship programme? We might have already answered it over on our FAQs page.

Our Graduate Apprenticeship courses

  • Business Management GA - BA Full-Time
  • Civil Engineering GA - BEng/BEng (Hons) Full-Time
  • Construction & the Built Environment GA - BSc (Hons) Full-Time
  • Cybersecurity GA - BEng (Hons) Full-Time
  • Data Science GA - BSc (Hons) Full-Time
  • IT Management for Business GA - BSc (Hons) Full-Time
  • Software Development GA - BSc (Hons) Full-Time
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  • Contact Us

    We are interested in speaking to Scottish-based organisations of all sizes, so if you’d like to know more about linking with us on the Graduate Apprenticeship programme, please get in touch.

    Email: GA@napier.ac.uk