Heriot-Watt is one of Scotland's leading providers of STEM-related Graduate Apprenticeships. This Scottish Apprenticeship Week we are looking at how our STEM GA programmes are unlocking potential for individuals and employers. Developing STEM talent is crucial for the economy - over 60% of all Graduate Apprenticeships are in STEM-related frameworks.

Read on to find out how our programmes are building key skills in construction, civil engineering, engineering and digital sectors.

Why Graduate Apprenticeships

Open to anyone over the age of 16, living and working in Scotland, GAs enable employers to upskill their workforce – either new or existing employees – to meet the growing demands of business, allowing them to gain new qualifications whilst remaining in paid employment.

Here's just some of the ways they can help an individual and a business:

  • They are a great way to attract new talent to a company or to upskill and reskill existing employees 
  • All degree programmes are fully-funded - meaning there are no additional costs to the employer or the employee
  • Boost your career options by building transferable, industry-recognised skills that are highly valued by employers.
  • The programmes are designed by industry and employers to develop skills tailored to the needs of business
  • Work-based learning approach ensures practical application in the business environment
  • They are an excellent way to recover the Apprenticeship Levy the company may already be paying

"Our industry faces daily challenges, and we need a highly trained and motivated workforce to improve productivity and maintain quality on our projects. The graduate apprenticeship model offers us a way to grow and sustain our business, develop a talented workforce, and prevent future skills gaps."
David Lannigan, Senior Operations Manager, Morgan Sindall.

In the sections below, you'll find lots of resources to not only learn more about our programmes, but also to hear from employers and Graduate Apprentices as they share their experiences.

Resource Centre

Catch up on the following On Demand content:

What is a Graduate Apprenticeship? (short video)

Graduate Apprentice employer - Celestia (short video)

Graduate Apprentice employer - Edify (short video)

Hear from our GA students (short video)



Get inspired - discover how our Graduate Apprenticeships are Unlocking Potential!

Shams Rahimi - GRAHAM Group

Fatima Asif - Plexus

Laura Fraser - Forth Valley College

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Whether you're an employer or a prospective GA student, find out more about our programmes:

Information for employers

Interested in becoming a Graduate Apprentice?

Our programmes

Download our Employer Guide


Get in touch today!

We're already seeing a strong interest in places for our September intake. Whether you're an employer or a prospective student, just complete the short form opposite and a member of the team will get straight back to you. 

We'd love to hear from you!

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Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2023 and Heriot-Watt

Here's a reminder of how we're supporting #ScotAppWeek23:

  • Monday 6 March - Heriot-Watt for STEM
  • Tuesday 7 March - Focus on Construction and Civil Engineering Wednesday
  • Wednesday 8 March - Women in STEM (to mark International Women's Day)
    • We're also hosting a webinar with DYW Edinburgh, Midlothian & East Lothian
  • Thursday 9 March - Focus on Digital Skills
  • Friday 10 March - Focus on Engineering

We'd love you to get involved. Share your own success stories and remember to tag us!

Why Heriot-Watt University?

Heriot-Watt is one of the country’s leading providers of Graduate Apprenticeships, and we have a proud tradition of industry-focused education. Our degrees are highly regarded for their professional relevance and we have an excellent record of preparing students for successful careers.

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