Spring Technology and University of Dundee partner to provide skills-based GLA courses

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Spring Technology has been retained by The University of Dundee to help them engage with employers about Graduate Level Apprenticeship (GLA) schemes, focusing on the areas of IT software development, business management, manufacturing and engineering.

This new type of fully-funded work-based degree, GLA, combines on-the-job learning and high-quality education to allow students to study for an honours degree whilst currently in employment, and gain relevant hands-on experience during their studies. Compared to other degrees offered, it places greater emphasis on applied knowledge and putting theory learned at university into practice.

Rebecca Hastings said: “GLA schemes will give businesses the opportunity to educate employees or hire a new member of staff, future-proof talent pipelines, and improve staff retention rates and productivity. It will also help them assist existing employees that want to transition from one career to the next and improve the management and mentorship skills of their workforce, not to mention make cost savings.

“The prospect of being paid a wage, working 4 days a week in a relevant job, and getting a degree – particularly in an era of student debt – is now increasingly appealing for candidates, whether they are career-minded students or professionals who are looking to retrain in IT software development, manufacturing and more.”

The GLA scheme supports the wider Government Apprenticeship Levy initiative, which came in to force in April this year (2017) to create 3 million new apprenticeships across the UK by 2020. Any business with an annual payroll cost of over £3 million (around 2% of UK employers) is now responsible for paying out 0.5% of this to fund the training schemes. Alongside the initiative, GLA schemes will help to reduce current skills shortages amongst new recruits, and provide more alternative routes into employment.

To find out more about the project or GLA schemes, please contact Rebecca Hastings at Spring Technology by emailing Rebecca_hastings@spring.com