College Welcomes First Graduate Level Apprentices

Civil Engineering students and their employers attended a Welcome session at Glasgow Kelvin College marking the start of the new Graduate Level Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering this week.

Glasgow Kelvin College was delighted to welcome its partner employers, elected members and invited guests to the Springburn Campus to congratulate the first students on the programme.

As the first FE College in central Scotland to be offering this innovative programme, the College welcome event included speakers from Skills Development Scotland Diane Greenlees, and the Institution of Civil Engineers, Sara Thiam.  College staff outlined the benefits of the programme to employers who are looking to develop their business further and support advanced level qualifications for their budding engineers.

The programme, developed by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) with support from the European Social Fund, provides work-based learning opportunities up to Masters degree level and with all learning currently funded for employers.

It will support Civil Engineering students to attain a graduate SCQF level 8 qualification over a 2-year programme.  Graduate Level Apprenticeships provide the opportunity to combine academic knowledge with workbased skills development to enable participants to become more effective and productive employees.

Diane Greenlees, Head of Foundation and Graduate Level Apprenticeships at SDS said:

“Skills Development Scotland has developed Graduate Level Apprenticeships as a way for individuals to develop the necessary knowledge, skills and competence required by Scottish industries.

Because they have been developed with employers, Graduate Level Apprenticeships ensure that learners gain the necessary knowledge and skills required for their chosen area of work.”

Sara Thiam, Regional Director of the Institution of Civil Engineers added:

“In the construction and built environment industries the best engineers are often those who start on-site or in a design office and are supported by their company through college.  A Graduate Level Apprenticeships offers an exciting new route into the industry for those keen to combine work-based learning with degree-level knowledge and is a great foundation for professional qualification with ICE, which is internationally recognised and a true mark of excellence.”

Glasgow Kelvin College Principal, Alan Sherry, said:

“We are delighted to welcome our Graduate Level Apprenticeship students today to the Glasgow Kelvin College family.  The skills you will gain from our excellent staff can be used and reinforced immediately in your jobs, providing your employers with valuable technical expertise.  Gaining these higher level skills will help you, and your employers, as you progress in your careers, taking on managerial challenges in well-paid, sustainable jobs and contributing to your own personal development as well as the growth of the Scottish economy.”

Graduate Level Apprenticeships allow employers to maximise their return on skills investment, providing the graduate talent pipeline their business needs. Apprenticeships are proven to deliver tangible business benefits through a blend of academic and practical learning. Benefits include: increased productivity, talent development and retention, improved service delivery, and staff engagement in their own professional development.

To find out more about the national Graduate Level Apprenticeship programme visit