University of the West of Scotland (UWS) and Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce held a business breakfast on Tuesday 16th April at the Paisley Campus to shine a light on Graduate Apprenticeships.
The event gave guests the chance to hear from Arnold Clark and XPO Logistics, two organisations already involved in UWS’ Graduate Apprenticeship programme. The speakers discussed their experience so far and explained how it has helped them to recruit, retain and develop their employees by combining academic learning with professional practice in the workplace.
Fiona Kennedy, Graduate Apprenticeship Project Manager UWS, said: “We were delighted to welcome local businesses from across the West of Scotland to our Paisley Campus to learn more about Graduate Apprenticeships and we hope the session has left them with lots to think about in terms of their future growth plans.”
Now in its third year at UWS, Graduate Apprenticeships allow employers, universities and professional bodies to create stronger links, upskilling the workforce of the future. The growth of Graduate Apprenticeships supports the Scottish Government’s ambition to create 30,000 new apprenticeship starts by 2020.
Earlier this year, UWS announced it will provide 95 Graduate Apprenticeships commencing in September 2019, its biggest ever offering. There are currently four programmes to choose from including Business Management, IT: Software Development, Engineering Design & Manufacture and Civil Engineering. A further 15 places will also be available for a pilot Early Learning and Childcare programme the university is rolling out.
For more information, visit https://www.uws.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/graduate-apprenticeships.