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?

Why Study a Graduate Apprenticeship?

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

Graduate Apprenticeships give you the chance to attract and retain top talent in a cost-effective way. Places on the programme are open to either new or existing employees, while the unique delivery model means they spend 80% of their time in the workplace and 20% at university. We work with organisations of all sizes and have successfully delivered Graduate Apprenticeship degree programmes in six subject areas, meaning we are the experts at shaping the GA experience around the needs of your business.

Whether recruiting new employees or upskilling current staff, 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

Nothing to pay for employers or Graduate Apprentices and available to organisations of any size.

Recruit & retain top talent

Attract and keep the best people in your industry by offering a degree while they work.

Improve your business

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 assessment

As industry leaders in work-based learning, our delivery model is designed to minimise time out of the workplace.

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How it works

The Graduate Apprenticeship (GA) programme is an alternative route to Higher Education and an exciting opportunity for you as an organisation and for your current employees and new starts. Developed in partnership with Scottish businesses and Skills Development Scotland to address key skills gaps in industry, GAs are a great way to upskill current employees or attract the best new talent in your industry.

Below are some of the key facts about the programme to give you a better understanding of how it works and how you can be involved.

  • Graduate Apprentices spend on average 80% of their weekly hours in the workplace and 20% at university.
  • The next start date is September 2019.
  • Entry requirements are flexible and take into account relevant work experience.
  • A Graduate Apprenticeship degree is the same qualification gained by full-time on campus undergraduate students.
  • Depending on the course, the delivery method can be either day release or block release (please check for details).
  • We offer flexible entry and exit points - maximum length of degree is 4 years.
  • Places are funded through the Apprenticeship Levy and so there are no fees to pay for you as an employer or for the Graduate Apprentice.
  • You do not have to pay the Apprenticeship Levy in order to be eligible and we work with organisations of all sizes.
  • The Graduate Apprentice must live and work in Scotland.
  • Applicants can either be existing employees or new starts.
  • We will support you when hiring new employees recruited to take up places on a Graduate Apprenticeship programme.
  • Graduate Apprentices are mentored in the workplace and at university.

How you can get involved

We allocate places to employers rather than applicants. Therefore, 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 for any of our current programmes or our NEW frameworks in BSc (Hons) Data Science and BEng (Hons) Engineering: Design and Manufacture, currently in development for September 2019. 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.

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
  • IT Management for Business GA - BSc (Hons) Full-Time
  • Software Development GA - BSc (Hons) Full-Time
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  • Future Programmes in development

    We are in the process of developing new programmes for September 2019 entry, these are BSc (Hons) Data Science and BEng (Hons) Engineering: Design and Manufacture. Get in touch with us and we will keep you informed of all updates. 

    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