Graduate Apprenticeships

Graduate Apprenticeships (GAs) allow NHSScotland staff to study towards a degree while they are employed. Graduate Apprentices spend about 80% of their time at work and 20% with a university or college. This means that some of the work Graduate Apprentices do in their Health Board counts towards their degree.

Graduate Apprentices must be 16 or over, and can be new recruits or existing employees.

Why not watch our video of Tony, a Graduate Apprentice who was already working for NHS Lothian when he started his Graduate Apprenticeship.


Graduate Apprenticeships last from two to four years, depending on the level of qualification and programme of study. NHSScotland Boards work with the university or college delivering the training to decide what kind of learning timetable is best. For example, Graduate Apprentices may attend university or college once a week, or in regular block release periods for several weeks. Some learning is likely to be distance or online.

There are currently 12 Graduate Apprenticeship frameworks. Some of them are available in NHSScotland, including:

  • IT: Management for Business
  • IT: Software Development
  • Business Management
  • Cyber Security

They are currently available at SCQF levels 8, 10 and 11. For a list of all current GA frameworks, please visit the apprenticeships.scot website. 

In NHSScotland, 10 Health Boards currently offer Graduate Apprenticeships. Contact your local Board to find out if they offer GAs or search for Graduate Apprenticeship vacancies at apprenticeships.scot.