New graduate level apprenticeships help bridge digital skills gap

Edinburgh Napier University has received a funding boost allowing it to pioneer two new graduate level apprenticeship programmes designed to help bridge the digital skills gap.

The university’s School of Computing has won funding of more than £1m from Skills Development Scotland that will allow it to develop the two work-based courses as a way to meet demand from employers for computing graduates.

The apprenticeships in software development for business and information technology management for business begin in May and will give participants a chance to complete an Honours degree at the same time as working with their employer.There will be 30 places available across both courses,and the university is now seeking potential employers to sign-up to the scheme.Alongside helping to fill the current skills gap within the computing industry, it is also hoped that the two new courses will help create fresh opportunities for the University by attracting employees keen to develop their personal careers but who had otherwise ruled out higher education.

Dr Sally Smith, dean of the School of Computing, said: “Nationally, employers have a large unmet demand for more computing graduates. These graduate level apprenticeships will be a true partnership between the tech sector in Scotland and the university and are designed to attract new talent into the sector.”

Jonathan Clark, director of service design and innovation at Skills Development Scotland added: “[The] apprenticeships  have the potential to transform the way that young people access further and higher education.”