RGU awarded £4.2m to expand work-based learning degree

Robert Gordon University has been given the money by Skills Development Scotland to significantly expand its course range and place numbers

In March 2017, Robert Gordon University (RGU) became the first university in Scotland to confirm its Graduate Level Apprenticeships (GLAs) offering, with 30 fully-funded places available on two courses, BSc (Hons) IT Management for Business and BSc (Hons) Software Development for Business. 

This latest award will see RGU deliver 135 additional fully-funded GLAs, in partnership with Skills Development Scotland, and with support from the European Social Fund, spread across a range of disciplines in construction, engineering, business management and IT. 

GLAs enable participants to earn their degree while working, and are delivered in partnership with their employers over the course of four years. 

The two courses offered in 2017, which were run by the university’s School of Computing Science and Digital Media, were selected to address the national digital skills shortage. 

A range of businesses and organisations, including local authorities from across Scotland, signed collaboration agreements with RGU to deliver the GLAs to employees. 

“Graduate Apprentices will be employed during their studies, and have the opportunity to immediately apply what they learn in their jobs – and vice versa.” 

RGU Principal Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski, said: “Having pioneered the GLA programme in 2017, this latest award ensures that we are one of the largest providers of GLAs in Scotland. 

“As a university, we already work very closely with industry to ensure that our graduates meet the requirements of the job market. Work-based learning represents an innovative approach to teaching and learning, which supports the education and ongoing development of employees to ensure they acquire the skills required to progress in their chosen career paths.” 

Skills Development Scotland, Director of Service Design and Innovation, Jonathan Clark, added: “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.” 

The breakdown of places for the 2018 GLA programme, which will start in September 2018, is: BSc (Hons) Construction: Built Environment (15 places); BSc (Hons) Engineering: Design and Manufacture (25); BSc (Hons) Engineering: Instrumentation, Measurement and Control (25); BSc (Hons) Business Management: Financial Services (20); BSc (Hons) Business Management (20); BSc (Hons) IT Management for Business (15); BSc (Hons) Software Development for Business (15).

Employers interested in finding out more should contact the GLA Recruitment Team by emailing GLAemployer@rgu.ac.uk.