Glasgow Kelvin College has become the first college in the West of Scotland to be awarded the contract to deliver Graduate Apprenticeships in Civil Engineering.
The initial intake of students will study on a day-release basis at College as part of their apprenticeship with local employers where they will be putting their new skills into practice.
The apprenticeships are designed around the needs of industry and employers will therefore have confidence that what their staff are learning at college will directly contribute to the success of their business.
This is a very exciting initiative which will allow the apprentices to access degree level learning & qualifications, opening doors to career opportunities and advancement. It is anticipated that the programme will commence early summer of 2017.
Graduate Level Apprenticeships have been developed by SDS in partnership with employers, universities and colleges and professional bodies to create stronger links between education and industry.
Jonathan Clark, Director of Service Design and Innovation at Skills Development Scotland said:
“Graduate Level Apprenticeships have the potential to transform the way that young people access further and higher education.
“Graduate Apprentices will be employed during their studies and because much of the learning takes place in the workplace they will have the opportunity to immediately apply what they learn at college or university in their jobs – and vice versa.
“This provides opportunities for employers to help shape the skills of their employees and to address skills shortages affecting their industry and the local economy.
“SDS is delighted to be working with Glasgow Kelvin College to deliver Graduate Level Apprenticeships in civil engineering and we look forward to working together to develop the skills employers need.”
Craig Jackson, People and Organisational Development Consultant with Scottish Water who are an employer stakeholder of Glasgow Kelvin College, was pleased with the news. He said:
“Scottish Water is excited about Graduate Level Apprenticeships and the opportunities these will provide not just for developing young people entering into our industry but also our existing employees who may desire to pursue higher level education and qualifications.
“With the very concepts of work and workplaces continuously changing, graduate level apprenticeship will provide an excellent route for up-skilling, re-skilling and developing the people and knowledge we will need to create a sustainable, future focused water industry for the people of Scotland”.
The Institution of Civil Engineering’s Regional Director, Sara Thiam, said:
“We very much welcome this new route into the industry, which will appeal to young people who are keen to get started in the world of work whilst progressing their education. Having professionally qualified workers helps to ensure the highest possible standards in construction and infrastructure that is delivered on time and on budget to the highest safety standards.”
Glasgow Kelvin College Principal, Alan Sherry, added:
“We are delighted that our bid has been successful. 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 into advanced, well-paid, sustainable jobs, contributing to their personal development as well as the growth of the Scottish economy.”