Graduate Level Apprenticeships Spotlighted to Employers

Glasgow Kelvin College celebrated Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2017 by showcasing its exciting new Graduate Level Apprenticeship (GLA) in Civil Engineering to local employers at its Springburn Campus this week.

As the only FE College in Scotland to be offering this trail-blazing programme aimed at HN level Civil Engineering apprentices, College staff outlined the benefits to companies looking to develop their business and support advanced level qualifications for their budding engineers.

Attended by a range of respected employers, the lively session contained information on qualifications, business benefits, funding, the forthcoming Apprenticeship Levy and the support which apprentices and employers can expect from Glasgow Kelvin.

Glasgow Kelvin College Principal, Alan Sherry, said;

“The session has been extremely worthwhile and employers went away armed with all the information they’ll need to plan the way forward for their civil engineering apprentices.

The skills learned on the Graduate Level Apprenticeship programme can be transferred immediately by our students into the workplace, providing their employers with valuable technical expertise.  Gaining these higher level skills will assist the apprentices as they progress in their careers, taking on managerial challenges in well-paid, sustainable jobs and contributing to their personal development as well as to the growth of the Scottish economy.”

The programme, developed by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) with support from the European Social Fund, provides work-based learning opportunities up to Master’s degree level.

It will support Civil Engineering students to attain a graduate SCQF level 8 qualification each year for the next two years.  This will enhance the HND level in Civil Engineering by adding a level 4 vocational qualification to an exciting and stimulating programme of study.

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


  • Glasgow Kelvin College delivers high quality learning and teaching to around 14,000 full-time, part-time, community based and workplace based students.
  • With a well-earned reputation for high quality accessible learning, Glasgow Kelvin College provides programmes from introductory level to degree-level learning and strives to be a centre of excellence in a wide range of skills areas as well as a key provider of employability and enterprise skills.
  • Some 56% of Glasgow Kelvin College’s students are from the 10% most deprived postcodes in Scotland.  This figure is significantly higher than any other Scottish FE College and the College ethos emphasises the importance of education as a key driver of community development.
  • The College’s strategic aim is to embed excellence, progression and enterprise opportunities for all its learners, within Glasgow and beyond.
  • Skills Development Scotland, with support from the European Social Fund, has developed Graduate Level Apprenticeships, in partnership with industry and the further and higher education sectors, to provide work-based learning opportunities up to Master’s degree level.