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Cyber Security and Software Development Graduate Apprenticeships (Scotland)

The Open University offers Graduate Apprenticeships in Software Development and Cyber Security to employers in Scotland. The apprenticeships are funded by Skills Development Scotland and are available to new and existing employees of all ages.

We offer three work-based learning programmes:

  1. BSc (Honours) IT: Software Development (Graduate Apprenticeship)
  2. BSc (Honours) Cyber Security (Graduate Apprenticeship)
  3. MSc in Cyber Security (Graduate Apprenticeship)

Our organisation can utilise these new programmes to plug crucial digital skills gaps and make sure you have the talent to manage future technological changes.

Through tutor-supported online learning, apprentices can flex learning around their work schedule, reducing time away from the workplace. Skills learnt as they develop through the programme are immediately embedded into the workplace, giving an almost instant return on investment.

Apprenticeships help organisations to:

  • Attract and develop new talent
  • Upskill and reskill existing staff – improving performance and retention
  • Develop a more dynamic and productive workforce

Register your interest today to find out more.

Who is it for?

New and existing employees of all ages, who live and work in Scotland and are looking to develop their careers in a digital profession.

Why choose Open University Graduate Apprenticeships

  • Delivered flexibly around the demands of your organisation and requiring minimal time away from the workplace, using our tutor-supported, rich-media online learning methods
  • Learning can be delivered simultaneously to various locations using our tried-and-trusted educational technology, providing a consistent programme for multiple staff
  • We have nearly 50 years’ experience of providing knowledge and skills to busy working adults – more than three quarters of OU students in Scotland are in employment
  • We have a proven history of delivering work-based learning and apprenticeship programmes to organisations from the NHS to Babcock


On top of account management support, your organisation and apprentice(s) will also be allocated with the following resources:

  • Practice Tutor - Helps to integrate learning into the workplace across the entire programme and supports the delivery of the work-based learning modules. Apprentices and their line managers will be visited by a practice tutor at least four times per year.
  • Academic Tutor - Facilitates learning within the knowledge modules at each stage of the qualification through personalised tuition, student support and feedback.
  • Apprenticeship Programme Delivery Manager - Supports employers to deliver apprenticeship programmes that meet their business needs and are to agreed financial and performance targets. Provides regular management information.

Register your interest today to find out more.

Register your interest today

Our 2018 apprentices are now on programme, so if you are interested in the fully-funded places on programmes starting in September 2019, please contact us today. 

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For a more detailed look at our Graduate Apprenticeships download our brochure.  Alternative you can visit our FAQs for more information.

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