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Modern Apprenticeship Programme

Modern Apprenticeships at the University are a great way for young people to make a positive start to their career.

Laura joined the University in 2017 to pursue a Mechanical Engineering modern apprenticeship.
Laura joined the University in 2017 to pursue a Mechanical Engineering modern apprenticeship.

Last year 19 young people started Modern Apprenticeships at the University and they’re thriving.

The 5 – 8 March 2018 is Scottish Apprenticeship Week, and so over the next few weeks we’ll be hearing from our Modern Apprentices about their apprenticeships and why they are enjoying working at the University.

During their time with us, they receive on-the-job training – sometimes alongside studying at College - as part of a highly structured programme, which leads to an industry-approved qualification.

Our Modern Apprenticeships offer excellent opportunities to work in a wide range of areas such as business administration, landscaping, finance, laboratories, IT, animal care and more.

Read the Apprentices’ stories

Laura, who’s passionate about cars, is a Modern Apprentice in Mechanical Engineering at the School of Informatics and also spends part of her week at Edinburgh College:

I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship at the University. I feel very involved and supported in my apprenticeship, when I am learning new skills, I enjoy the way that these are shown and explained to me.

Laura, Modern Apprentice


Jamie is a Poultry Technician at The Roslin Institute where he is studying for an agricultural qualification through Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) as part of his modern apprenticeship.   A keen cinema-goer, he explains:


A modern apprenticeship is a great opportunity to develop your skills and work with great teams on unique projects. I love working with animals and the chance to do so at the Roslin Institute is too good an opportunity to pass up.

Jamie, Modern Apprentice


Youth Talent Programmes

We also offer work experience to high school pupils so they can learn directly about the world of work.  This takes various forms, including a one or two week summer placement; the Jet Academy one-day-per-week visit onto campus; or the Career Ready two-year programme which sits alongside school studies.

Our Youth Employment Initiatives are part of our commitment to develop a strong and vibrant community of staff who are supported, valued, developed and engaged.

Find out more

Read more about our most recent Modern Apprentices who have been working as Cooks, Digital Marketing Assistants, Engineers and Office Administrators.

Are you a member of staff at the University who would like to get involved? Read more here.

Are you someone thinking about applying for a Modern Apprenticeship within the University of Edinburgh? Read more here.

Read the Youth Talent and Student Employment Strategy