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Five new North Ayrshire students join Graduate Apprenticeship programme with UWS


Awareness session for the new Graduate Apprenticeship Business Management Degree

In February North Ayrshire Council in partnership with UWS hosted an awareness session for the new Graduate Apprenticeship Business Management Degree.
Attended by eight North Ayrshire businesses the event saw five candidates accepted onto the programme, each of which attended the Programme awareness event on 24 August at UWS’s Paisley campus in preparation for induction in late September.

The awareness event provided an overview of the Programme and showcased the technology that will be use to deliver a high quality learning experience.

Candidate had the opportunity to meet and chat with the academic delivery team who will be with them throughout their four year journey.  Workplace mentors also had a session to talk through their role as part of the learning partnership with the candidates and the University.

Steve Talbot, University of West of Scotland, said: “North Ayrshire Council’s support has been invaluable in helping UWS identify businesses who are looking to transform their business model through engaging with the new Programme. The Programme represents a new form of partnership between government, Skills Development Scotland, universities and business. By bringing degree-level education into the workplace the government is helping universities play a more effective role in terms of economic development and boosting productivity”

Apprentices are employed throughout the duration of their studies, allowing them to combine academic learning at one of Scotland’s largest modern universities with practical learning in the workplace. This fully funded Programme helps businesses invest in their workforce, enabling staff to gain an honours degree and a CMI Chartered Manager qualification. 

The Scottish Government’s Graduate Apprenticeship initiative provides an opportunity to access the same learning opportunities as those who follow the traditional route of direct entry into University, whilst gaining practical work experience. For employees the Programme is a means to earn a degree but without attendant debt.

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Posted on Thursday 6th September 2018