Thinking about your future? Or are you deciding what you would like to do when you leave school? Then a Modern Apprenticeship at the University of Edinburgh might be the right opportunity for you.
The University of Edinburgh recognises that young people bring a wealth of talent, creativity and enthusiasm, critical now and for the future success of the University.
We have made an ongoing commitment to youth employment, acknowledging the critical impact it has on meeting the University’s strategic aims and objectives, including our Strategy 2030, Community Plan and People Strategy.
The University is a Young Person’s Guarantee (YPG) employer and offers its Modern Apprentices an award-winning development and coaching programme.
A Modern Apprenticeship at the University of Edinburgh is a fantastic opportunity to start or enhance your career. It is paid employment which provides you with the opportunity to gain experience and work towards an industry recognised qualification.
A Modern Apprenticeship aims to support the employment, training and development of people moving forwards with their chosen career path.
The length of the Modern Apprentice contract will depend on the type of apprenticeship. An apprenticeship at the University can last from 18 to 24 months.
An external training provider manages the training programme, which can combine college or workplace with professional development with practical experience.
For example, our Life Science/Lab Technician Apprentices will typically attend Fife College once a week, and our Business Administration Apprentices will be assessed by an external assessor on-site. They will be asked to demonstrate their learnt skills to the assessor by writing a case study.
There are over 100 apprenticeship frameworks* available through Skills Development Scotland. The Developing Young Workforce have created some really useful Get work Ready and Career Spotlight packs to help you navigate the types of roles available: Curriculum Pack (dyw.scot)
You can also find out more about the different industries on the My World of Work website: Industries | My World of Work
Here at the University we have had apprentices in the following areas:
- Digital Marketing
- Life Science and Related Science (including Lab Technician roles) - DYW Get Work Ready guide for Science Career Outlook video for Life Sciences
- Digital Technology
- Professional Cookery
- Creative Media
- Customer Services
- Information Security Career Outlook for Digital Technologies
*A framework is a job type for the requirements of the role and contains details of what's involved in an apprenticeship.
The University of Edinburgh is a living wage employer, and apprentices are paid £20,619* per annum.
*The amount our Apprentices will be paid from August 2023.
If you are/have:
- Keen to develop new skills and a willingness to learn
- A good level of written and verbal communication skills
- Able to use Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Excel, and Word
- An understanding of how to be customer-focused
- Wanting to maximise your potential and your future career
- Positive, punctual, reliable, consistent, focused, self-motivated and committed
- Able to follow instructions and pass on information in a clear manner, both written and verbal
- Capable of planning your day and prioritising tasks and activities
- Committed to taking part in a Modern Apprenticeship and becoming part of the Modern Apprentice community
Then we want to hear from you!
Some of our apprenticeship roles may require a particular qualification or knowledge. Details of these will be found on the adverts and job descriptions.
Apprenticeships are available to applicants from age 16 upwards with no maximum age.
To be considered for a Modern Apprentice programme in Scotland, you need to be:
- Aged 16 or over
- Living in Scotland
- Not in full-time education*
Do you want to:
- Earn while you learn?
- Build skills that employers are looking for?
- Get a head start and gain experience while working towards a qualification?
- Start your career at one of Edinburgh’s biggest employers which is committed to developing our young workforce?
Then a Modern Apprenticeship at the University of Edinburgh may be the right opportunity for you.
* If you are already taking another training course or qualification, you should complete this first before starting an apprenticeship.
I think the University of Edinburgh is a really good employer, they are also very flexible and fun to work for. My manager is very accommodating and has helped me lots. I have enjoyed meeting and working with lots of different people from radiographers to administrators.
Every Modern Apprentice is given the opportunity to attend workshops and coaching sessions designed for young people with a creative and fresh-thinking attitude, and who are ready to take control of their career, development and learning within a supportive and dynamic environment.
Examples of some of the sessions include Financial Planning, Employability Skills, Managing up and Group Coaching sessions.
As an apprentice, you will be employed by the University and learn by working alongside experienced colleagues as well as by attending a more formal course in your chosen field.
You will work with various staff across the department, increasing your confidence in communication and interpersonal skills.
You will learn to work accurately and methodically with attention to detail. This is also a great opportunity to increase confidence in using your initiative within a team environment and develop problem-solving skills. At the end of the apprenticeship, you will gain an industry-recognised qualification. In addition, our employees benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits.
The University of Edinburgh has a long and proud history of contributing locally and making an impact through volunteering opportunities.
Apprenticeships typically become available during the summer.
The best way to stay up to date with future opportunities is to sign up for job alerts through Apprentice.Scot. The link to do this can be found at the bottom of the “Find and Apply for a Vacancy” page.
We get it. Filling out applications and making decisions about your future can be overwhelming. Below are some tips on applying for jobs and apprenticeships at the University.
1. Check our current vacancies on the apprentice.scot website.
2. Check out our top tips for applying and useful links below. This will help you when applying for the role.
3. Find how to apply through the Universty’s job webpage.
View our Applicant Guide for Modern Apprentices for hints and tips for applying for a Modern Apprenticeship at the University of Edinburgh.
To maintain our reputation as one of the world's leading universities, we recruit the best people to a variety of support, professional and academic roles each year.
We offer an exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent, develop and reward success and integrate professional and personal career goals, as well as give your career the benefit of a great and distinguished reputation.
We are committed to fostering an inclusive culture which promotes equality. Please visit our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion webpages to learn more about how we do this.
More information about the University can be found here: About us | The University of Edinburgh
Although we cannot guarantee a contract at the end of your apprenticeship, 70% of our apprentices have secured further employment at the University past the end of their Modern Apprentice contract.
Research tells us that most apprentices have continued to stay in employment and progressed to the next stage in their career. However, some may decide to go to University or progress onto a Graduate Apprenticeship by applying for a Graduate Apprentice opportunity.
Due to the size and variety of roles at the University, a culture of internal mobility exists. Employees are encouraged to take that next step in the career or to follow their passions by trying something new.
Whatever you choose to do, we have developed a supportive programme of additional development opportunities on offer to help support you on your next steps.
Modern Apprentice managers are also trained to help to support you throughout all aspects of your apprenticeship, including exploring your next steps and potential opportunities.
I think that the opportunities and experience the University offers are invaluable. Getting my foot in the door at the University has been the best thing I have ever done.