Communities of Leadership and Practice

Learning providers join forces to build on success of Graduate Apprenticeship

Universities and colleges from across Scotland gathered to discuss the benefits and the future of Graduate Apprenticeships


The Centre for Work-based Learning, along with Skills Development Scotland, brought universities and colleges from across Scotland together to continue to build on the success of Graduate Apprenticeships.



The Communities of Leadership and Practice (CoLP) in Work-based Learning launch event took place at The Studio in Glasgow.

The event brought together existing and prospective Graduate Apprenticeship learning providers to share and discuss the vision for developing an active and progressive CoLP in Scotland.

Graduate Apprenticeships let people work, learn and earn, studying towards a degree with an associated university or college while in full-time employment.



The apprenticeship is available in nine different subject areas, offered by 12 Scottish colleges and universities.

The CoLP launch gave current and prospective learning providers the chance to network, reflect on the programme so far and engage in discussion around the value and opportunities presented by work-based learning programmes like the Graduate Apprenticeship. 

James Dunphy, Head of the Department for the Enhancement of Learning, Teaching and Access at Robert Gordon University, said: “The event provided our university and college partners with the chance to share information about opportunities they were working through and investigating if the answers to any challenges exist within the community.



“It was an excellent platform for learning providers to meet and develop a shared response in the implementation and progression of Graduate Apprenticeships.

Skills Development Scotland is supporting more than 800 Graduate Apprenticeships in 2018.

The programme has been developed by SDS with support from the European Social Fund. It is backed by employers, universities, colleges and schools across the country. 



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