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New software and cyber security Graduate Apprenticeships from The Open University

New software and cyber security Graduate Apprenticeships from The Open University

The Open University will offer Graduate Apprenticeships (GAs) in Software Development and Cyber Security, starting in Autumn 2018. Known for its flexible approach and expertise in work-based learning, The OU’s GAs are designed to meet the needs of both employers and employees.

The OU has been enabling people in work to develop skills and improve their career prospects for decades and more than half of OU students in Scotland have full-time jobs.

The OU’s new GAs – which are funded by Skills Development Scotland and are available to existing and new employees of all ages – mean that apprentices can learn at work, increasing efficiency and reducing time away from the workplace.

Both Cyber Security and Software Development will be offered at undergraduate level, with Cyber Security also available at postgraduate level.

Susan Stewart, Director of The Open University in Scotland, said:

“Helping people to get on in work is what we do at The Open University. We understand what it takes to study and work at the same time and we offer the support learners need to succeed.

“These new Graduate Apprenticeships take our expertise in computing and information technology and our long experience of supporting students in work and combine them to produce something which works for employers and employees alike, developing skills and improving productivity.”

Graduate Apprenticeships have been developed by Skills Development Scotland in partnership with employers, universities and colleges and professional bodies to create stronger links between education and industry.

Damien Yeates, Chief Executive of Skills Development Scotland, said:

“Graduate Apprenticeships have the potential to transform the way that young people access further and higher education, and it's clear from the demand that many companies and Universities feel the same way. 

“Graduate Apprentices will be employed during their studies and because much of the learning takes place in the workplace they will have the opportunity to immediately apply what they learn at college or university in their jobs – and vice versa.

“This provides opportunities for employers to help shape the skills of their employees and to address skills shortages affecting their industry and the local economy.”

Employers interested in The OU’s Graduate Apprenticeships should contact


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