The UKESF & Scottish Apprenticeships

9th December 2020 | News

The UKESF has been instrumental in helping develop apprenticeship standards for the Electronics sector in England (see here ). However, responsibility for apprenticeships is devolved to the four nations of the UK. 

Therefore, this month, we are focussing on apprenticeships in Scotland.  In Scotland, apprentices are categorised as Foundation, Modern and Graduate; more details for employers can be found here.  There is a Graduate Apprenticeship (GA) standard for Engineering: Design & Manufacturing which include Electronics. 

GA programmes come fully funded via Skills Development Scotland and are the ideal way for employers to succession plan and bridge skills gap(s) by way of upskilling current staff and or recruiting new staff to ‘grow your own talent’. It also allows for the standardisation of career progression plans.  GA candidates must be 16 years +, resident/working in Scotland and employed by the business for 21 + hours per week. GA candidates are expected to spend 80% of their time in the workplace and 20% of their time at University, this equates to 1 day per week at University.  

One university that delivers GA programmes in Electronics using the Engineering: Design & Manufacturing standard is Heriot-Watt; their next intake will start in January 2021.  We recently provided TechWorks members with information about the GA programme at Heriot-Watt via a webinar.  You can catch up with the webinar here

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