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  • Scottish Power Engineering Apprenticeships - 03/06/2021 - bmccarthy

    Scottish Power1 Scottish Power

    At Scottish Power, they’re focused on playing their part. They’re committed to speeding up the transition to cleaner electric transport, improving air quality and over time, driving down bills – to deliver a better future, quicker for everyone.

    They know that people are central to helping them realise this vision and they need talented, hardworking, and flexible people to join them. Through their Early Careers Programmes, they develop their own talent and offer a wide range of careers for people with different skills, expertise, and ambitions.

    Their industry is going through unprecedented levels of innovation and change so there’s never been a better time to join them.

    With entry requirements ranging from 2xN5’s to A band Higher results, there’s bound to be something that suits you.

    Check out their programmes below to see which one is right for you!

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    There’s many more to choose from. Check here!

  • Strathclyde University's Accelerate Programme - 21/05/2021 - bmccarthy



    Monday 21 st to Friday 25 th June 2021

    Want to find out more about the career you would like to follow?

    Interested in finding out what it’s like to study at university?

    Want to boost your chances of success in the future?

    Held at the University of Strathclyde, ‘Accelerate’ is a week-long programme for pupils at the end of S4 and S5. Through a series of group activities, you will be able to find out more about the career you are interested in following. There are five courses that you can choose from, depending on what you might like to study after school:

    • Chemistry

    • Chemical Engineering

    • Computer Science

    • Electronic & Electrical Engineering (EEE)

    • Product Design

    Led by current university student mentors, you and your team will complete our exciting five day challenge programme, as well as attending career workshops and getting a chance to see what student life is like.

    Accelerate 2021 will be run virtually on Microsoft Teams. What’s in it for you?

    • Find out about the different areas of the career you would like to follow

    • Discover what studying and working in your chosen field is really like

    • Discuss your career and academic options with professionals and university staff

    • Meet new friends and work with current University students

    Feedback from previous participants:

    “I think it is a brilliant way to open your eyes to real university life.”

    “I really enjoyed this week as it allowed me to meet new people and learn new things. I also learned a lot about university courses and following careers after a degree.”

    “A fun-filled week and a great way to make friends.”

    “The mentors are just fantastic, always there to help us and are very friendly.”

    “I think it is a great opportunity and has really helped me to figure out my career path.”

    For further info, visit:

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  • Software Graduate Apprenticeship at Glasgow University - 20/04/2021 - bmccarthy

    Software Eng App


    Job overview

    The VeryConnect Graduate Apprenticeship program ensures you will benefit from the excellent career growth opportunities available to all of our team. You will be working and learning alongside people a wide range of experience: from other Graduate Apprentices, new graduates, to senior technical professionals with global experience.

    We will help you build your career and you will play an active role in shaping our software, with ongoing peer to peer support and mentorship.

    What will I learn?

    VeryConnect offer you the opportunity to complete your University of Glasgow degree while working in an exciting, rapidly growing company with customers from Edinburgh to Fiji.

    Our culture is all about learning and applying the latest web technologies. You will be working with a team of developers who are always learning and are happy to share knowledge. We have a close relationship with the teaching staff at the University and we will ensure that the tasks you are completing will progress alongside what you are being taught in your degree.

    After 4 years at VeryConnect you will have attained a full Computing Science or Software Engineering BSc and have 4 years of work experience. The position offers exceptional opportunities for growth and will present you with the chance to build your network and professional experiences.

    What qualification or qualities are required?

    From day one you will be working with experienced professionals on customer projects utilising a variety of technologies and business skills.

    • In your first period of work, you will have the opportunity to familiarise yourself with our software and get to know the team.

    • You will also learn how to use our different tools and industry processes with the guidance and support of the team.

    • After you get to know the team and software, you will be given the opportunity to work on small features which go live to all of our customers globally. Within the team, everybody has their code and worked looked through by another team member. You will have the opportunity to both review other people’s work and get supportive feedback on your own tasks.

    •As your knowledge and skills increase, you will have the opportunity to work on increasingly larger tasks with more challenging aspects.

    • You will be working with the latest technologies and experience both writing new software and updating existing software to the latest technology.

    • You will be given exposure of other areas of the business and will target your development on what you enjoy most and what suits you best.
    Standard academic entry requirements: AAAA/AAABB
    Minimum academic entry requirements: BBBB
    Other mandatory academic requirements: Higher Maths at B or above is required, and Highers should include two Science subjects. Grades should be achieved by the end of S5.

    Candidates who did not achieve the minimum grades in one sitting and are studying towards additional Highers and Advanced Highers in S6 may receive a conditional offer based on a higher entry tariff by agreement with the University.

    Apply for this apprenticeship

    Think this is the right apprenticeship for you? Click the “Apply now” button to start your new career with this apprenticeship.

    From 2021, Graduate Apprentices will now need to apply to SAAS for funding. Find out more.

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  • UofG Software Engineering Graduate Apprenticeship with the BBC - 20/04/2021 - bmccarthy

    UoG BBC

    Software App BBC

    Job Introduction

    • Do you love using your logical mind to solve problems?
    • Do you enjoy or have an interest in coding and software programming?
    • Do you want to develop apps and digital services that serve millions of people round the globe?
    • Do you want to learn and earn at the same time and have an amazing experience at the BBC and with University of Glasgow.

    Role Responsibility

    Based in Glasgow with BBC Scotland and Design + Engineering teams, you’ll get to work at the heart of our digital product teams at the BBC, all while studying for a degree apprenticeship at Glasgow University.

    You will complete both off-the-job and on-the-job training. You’ll study for a bachelor’s degree (Hons) with tailored modules such as:

    • How to learn new software and systems programming languages
    • Foundations of Professional Software Engineering Practices
    • Practical Algorithms
    • Testing and Software Improvement
    • Web Application Systems
    • Computer Architecture and Network Systems
    • Data Storage and Retrieval
    • User Interaction
    • BSc Major Project

    Through a series of university taught modules and industrial experience we will prepare you as a new Software Engineer for an internet-fit BBC.

    The Ideal Candidate

    You will be someone who naturally wants to be a hands-on Software Engineer and will feel comfortable developing over the course of the scheme to work with software languages, software frameworks, cloud computing and associated systems.

    We’re not looking for you to come as a ready-made Software Engineer– we just want you to have an ambition and determination to succeed.
    Throughout the application process we’ll be asking for evidence that shows your passion and ability for this technology-based role. You need to be a good communicator and have the ability to develop to be effective in the working environment with technical or non-technical people.

    Throughout the application process, we will be assessing the following:

    • Collaboration
    • Flexibility
    • Logical Problem Solving
    • Awareness or understanding of Software Programming
    • Practical application
    • Resilience
    • Time Management
    • Communication

    As this is a degree apprenticeship we need strong academic performance. Candidates with Scottish qualifications will need 4 x Highers at B or above (or Advanced Highers) which must include Maths and two Sciences including Computing.
    Candidates outside of Scotland will need to show equivalent qualifications of 3 x A Levels at B or above which must include Maths and at least one Science.

    We also accept B or above in HNCs and HNDs in the subjects listed below, but you must have successfully completed the Maths Calculus Module as part of the qualification

    • Computing
    • Software Development
    • Computer Games Development

    A minimum GCSE or Standard Grades qualifications in Maths and English at A-C or equivalent is also mandated.
    You will have interest and confidence to develop your working knowledge and skills in software programming, algorithms and cloud computing.

    To be eligible for this scheme, you will need to have the right to work in the UK. You also need to be over 18 at time of starting in September 2021.

    What we’re offering

    • A salary of £14,400 per year (pro-rated) followed by an annual increase.
    • 25 days holiday a year. As well as national bank holidays, you’ll also get an extra day-off between Christmas and New Year.
    • Industry training delivered by the BBC Academy from specialists and senior BBC technical staff.
    • Completion of Bachelors Degree (Hons) delivered by the University of Glasgow

    Package Description

    Start Date: September 2021

    Location: Glasgow

    Typical roles following the scheme: Software Engineer

    Click here to find out more and apply: UofG Software Engineering Graduate Apprenticeship with the BBC

  • Glasgow University Graduate Apprenticeship Opportunities - 20/04/2021 - bmccarthy


    Glasgow University are advertising their current batch of Graduate Apprenticeships opportunities in collaboration with their business partners.

    How would you like to work towards your Glasgow University degree whilst working, and earning a wage, with one of their partners who include the BBC, Barclays and Very-Connect amongst others. See below for more details:


    Our partner employers currently accepting applications for 2021 are listed below.  Please note this list changes frequently as new opportunities go live, so we recommend signing up for alerts.

    • Barclays Technology is delivering cutting edge technology solutions to support banking and financial services.  Apply to Barclays.  Please note, the Higher Apprentice – Technology Developer based in Glasgow is delivered in partnership with UofG.
    • VeryConnect is a fast-growing tech start up, specialising in Membership, CRM, Community software all-in-one solutions, with a worldwide customer base.  Apply to VeryConnect 
    • BBC Design and Engineering is driving the reinvention of the media, whilst delivering TV, radio and online services to millions of people every day. Apply to the BBC

    It is possible to apply to multiple GA opportunities simultaneously.  If you are also applying to traditional courses through UCAS, we strongly advise you also continue to progress these applications as you can make a final decision once you have all your offers on the table.

    Please visit the University of Glasgow Careers Service webpages for advice on writing CVs and Cover Letters.

    Hear from a first year Graduate Apprentice why he chose the GA route and what to expect.

    UoG Grad


  • Nuffield Research Placements at Glasgow University - 30/01/2020 - bmccarthy


    Glasgow University Nuffield Research Placements  2020 is open.


    The Nuffield Research Placement Scheme is aimed at the current 5th year pupils who will be sitting their Highers in 2020 and who are studying any Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Maths (STEM) and Social Science/Humanities subjects at that level.

    The placements help increase confidence and improve key skills including practical, communication, report-writing and presentation skills. Placements also provide students with excellent experiences & skills to include on CV’s and personal statements. By working with professional scientists and engineers in a real-life environment, the students gain an invaluable insight into a wide variety of careers.

    The Nuffield Foundation are aiming to widen access and is now only open to students (priorities are placed on students eligible for the bursary). This means the charitable funding is targeted where it will have the greatest benefit. It also means fewer unsuccessful applicants.

    ***There is now an eligibility checker on the application system so that students can check whether they are eligible or not, before beginning the application.

     To be eligible to apply for a Nuffield Research Placement, students must:

    • Be over 16 years old
    • Be in full-time state-funded education in the UK
    • Have at least 5 National 5 / GCSEs (or equivalent) at Level B / 6 or above, including maths, a science subject and English (or another humanities subject)
    • Be studying one or more Scottish Higher, A-level (or equivalent) in science, technology, engineering, economics, geography, psychology, computing, statistics or maths
    • Be able to spend several weeks (4-6) of their summer holiday working on a research project

    Students must also meet at least ONE of the following criteria:

    • Come from a family with a combined household income of below £30,000 a year
    • Be entitled to free schools meals, either now or at any time in the last six years.
    • Be living, or have lived in, local authority care.
    • In some schools students will also be eligible if they are the first in their immediate family to participate in higher education (not including any older siblings). This means neither of their parents/carers have participated in higher education, either in the UK or another country. If their siblings have attended higher education, but their parents/carers have not, they are eligible.
    • Schools In your area that this applies too – Calderglen High School, Calderside Academy, Carluke High School, Cathkin High School, Duncanrig Secondary School, Hamilton Grammar School, Holy Cross High School, John Ogilvie High School, Lanark Grammar School, Larkhall Academy, Lesmahagow High School, Stonelaw High School, Trinity High School (Rutherglen)

     Summary of the process:

    • Students apply by completing an online application which can be accessed on the Nuffield Research Placement webpage at
    • Students insert an email address of the teacher that will provide them with a reference. The system automatically initiates an email to that teacher to allow them to add reference.
    • After the closing date, (February 25th 2020) applications will be scored, matched to placement projects available/suitable (where possible) and the appropriate applications will be forwarded to various supervisors for their consideration.
    • If successful matched and accepted to a project by the supervisor, the student is then offered the project.
    • Placements normally take place at the end of June, July or early August.  The student will normally be working Mon-Fri (9am-5pm) for 4, 5 or 6 weeks. Students should therefore be made aware that is quite a big commitment.
    • All students will receive reasonable travel costs to and from their placement. Students who are eligible for bursary will receive an additional £100 per week of placement.
    • Successful students are required to submit a report at the end of their placement and are invited to display their work in poster format at a celebration event (usually in Edinburgh), taking place at the end of August / early September.

    PLEASE note – there are a limited number of placements available and as such an application does NOT guarantee a Nuffield placement.

    More information on the Nuffield Research Placements scheme can be found at

  • Graduate Level Apprenticeship - BSc Software Engineering - 29/01/2020 - bmccarthy


    In partnership with Barclays and, fully funded by Skills Development Scotland, the University of Glasgow are offering Graduate Level Apprenticeships leading to Software Engineering BSc.

    Apprentices are some of the brightest minds in our impressively talented team. You’ll be working alongside industry experts who are behind major leaps in FinTech – brilliant minds who are always ready to support you and share their extensive knowledge.

    Of course, you’ll also be following a learning programme that’s as trail-blazing as our technology. There’ll be on-the-job training where you’ll learn through valuable hands-on experience. And you’ll have the chance to gain a recognised Apprenticeship Degree Qualification – fully-funded by us. That means you could earn an Apprenticeship qualification and also earn a salary. Don’t forget you’ve got wide-ranging support from a line manager, career coach and a technical buddy, as well as a network of peers. Wherever you’re based, you’ll find the spirit of teamwork and a highly collaborative community, one that’s fizzing with new ideas and full of disruptive thinking.

    Each candidate will apply for the Technology Apprenticeship Programme and will be made aware of the technology department they are placed into, once they have joined the business.

    Your Role

    Apprenticeship purpose and responsibilities may vary dependent on the role they have been allocated. Apprentices follow a clear development route over the 4 year Apprenticeship programme during which time they will develop skills, knowledge and experience relevant to their specific role and will be able to learn more about organisation.

    What will I learn?

    What qualification will I achieve? Software Engineering BSc
    The University of Glasgow Graduate Apprenticeship programme combines the theoretical Computing Science that the traditional Software Engineering degree covers with bespoke work-based learning courses and experience. It has been developed by the pioneering Centre for Computing Science Education through extensive consultation with employers to ensure that it meets the needs of industry.

    The university campus-based teaching for the programme is weighted towards years one and two enabling apprentices to quickly build knowledge and skills to apply to the work place. Teaching is delivered in blocks between work place experience. Components covered include: skills and tools to pick up multiple languages; software development; testing fundamentals; algorithms; data storage; HCI; low level architecture and networking theory; data science; team-based working.

    Years three and four consist of more time in the work place and provide the option to specialise in Cyber security, Data Science or Systems Engineering.

    What qualification or qualities are required?

    • For roles in Scotland, 4 Bs in your Highers (or equivalent), including maths or computing
    • Interest in Technology
    • Good communication skills

    Desirable Skills

    • Commitment to a 4 year development programme
    • Motivated and enthusiastic behaviour

    More detail about the course details can be found by clicking here

    To visit the web page for more information and to apply click here

  • CGI Offer Graduate level Apprenticeship in Software Development - 16/12/2019 - bmccarthy



    Job overview

    Looking for an apprenticeship with a difference? We’ve got news.
    As one of the leading names in the IT business, we’re looking for amazing people to be part of our team. We want you to help drive some of the most exciting IT opportunities available. We offer a fantastic working environment with great support, plus loads of training and benefits too.

    The Role

    Our Graduate Apprenticeships are great for school leavers that want to learn whilst earning at the same time. Not only will you enjoy the benefits of a permanent, full-time employment contract, you can look forward to the structured training, hands-on learning, and the support and encouragement you need to get your career off to a strong start. You’ll be proving yourself from day one – solving problems, taking responsibility, making decisions, working on classified mission-critical projects.

    During your apprenticeship you’ll study for a recognised technology qualification. What’s even better is this learning is complemented by on-the-job training on real projects, so you can start to develop your career from day one. We’re a company that each day enables the transfer of £3 trillion, protects against 43 million cyber-attacks, drives two thirds of the world’s SMS messages and employ almost 77,000 professionals from hundreds of locations worldwide. Having the opportunity to work on projects such as these and with open-ended prospects for advancement, you’ll have every opportunity to reach the top.

    What will I learn?

    The Apprenticeship:

    Join our programme and you’ll study towards a BSc (Hons) Software Development degree at Glasgow Caledonian University whilst spending the other four days a week developing your career on real projects at CGI. You can shape and develop your career throughout the course of the programme then continue with us after graduation.

    With our sponsorship, you won’t have to pay a penny in tuition fees. You’ll also benefit from a competitive starting salary and all the support you need to succeed. We’ll even provide the course resources and materials required, so there’s no need to worry about textbooks either and you can use the laptop you are given when you join CGI to use at University. Individuals who participate in the scheme are able to access the same learning opportunities as those who go down the traditional route of direct entry into college or university.

    During the course of your apprenticeship, you can expect to study a variety of modules which will get your career off to a flying start. You’ll have support throughout and your learning is also complemented by on-the-job training on real projects at CGI, so that you can practice what you’re learning in the classroom, in the workplace!

    What you’ll get

    Due to the nature of our business, you work on ‘projects’. This means you have the opportunity to work across a wide range of roles, industries and locations, there is no ‘typical day’. You could work in everything from software testing, bid management, software engineering, business analysis and project management to name a few.

    The best thing about joining us is that while you may start in one of these areas, the opportunity to move internally is huge, so you can take control of your career from your first day. Our undergraduates have worked on top-secret national security projects, played their part in securing Europe’s major satellites, and helped win multi-million pound contracts. It really does vary at CGI and that’s the exciting thing, it is up to you to shape and develop your career in the direction you want to go with the support of others.

    To support you, you will have designated managers who will look after you on a day-to-day basis and be on hand to support you with your career development and professional conduct at CGI. You will also have a ‘Buddy’ which is a current or graduated student of a school leaver programme to help you with anything else you may need.

    Location of the role

    You could be based from our Glasgow or Edinburgh office. As CGI is a consultancy, your projects could be based from other locations asides from your base location, and you should therefore be prepared for travel in your role.

    What qualification or qualities are required?

    Our Requirements:

    • The preferred requirement is 4 Highers at Grade B or above including 1 in Maths, Physics or Computing (equivalent qualifications are accepted) unless you can show programming/development ability through work experience or extra-curricular activities. Please note, we encourage applications if you have not met these grade requirements but have extenuating circumstances.
    • At least 7 Scottish National 5 at grade 1-3 including English or Maths (equivalent qualifications are accepted)
    • Our School Leaver Programmes are designed for candidates with A-Levels (or equivalent e.g. BTEC etc) who do not yet have a degree in a related subject. If you are working towards a degree, or already have one, please see our Industrial Placement and Graduate Programmes.

    Please note: We will need to see original certificates for all qualifications. Due to UK Government security requirements we are only able to accept applications from candidates who have the unrestricted right to live and work in the United Kingdom, and have lived in the United Kingdom for a minimum of 5 years with no breaks of 28 days or more.

    If you have any questions regarding our entry requirements, please contact us at

    Ready to be part of Generation CGI?

    If you’ve got what it takes to succeed with CGI, we’re here to support you all the way. Apply now.

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  • ARM: Britain's most successful tech company - Could you work for them? - 03/12/2019 - bmccarthy

    ARM: Britain’s most successful tech company you’ve never heard of.

    Without ARM, the iPhone and other smartphones wouldn’t work. Hardly anyone knows it – and that’s just how Cambridge’s ‘Silicon Fen’ company likes it.

    Arm are delighted to invite Trinity’s top 5 S5 students to attend an employability session at Arm for the day at their Skypark premises.

    Arm are intrinsic to the development of technology in billions of products, which touch the lives of more than 70% of the world’s population. When you work with great people – and those with incredible potential – everything you do at Arm will make billions of lives better.

    Monday 16th December

    10:00am – 3:30pm

    Arm, 4A, Skypark 5, 45 Finnieston St, Glasgow G3 8JU
    – Learn about careers in Technology
    – Speed Mentoring with Arm professionals
    – Coding session: Programme a MicroBit
    – Employability Skills & CV hints & tips
    – Learn about Arm’s Careers & Attend Work Experience

    Any pupil interested must give their name to Mr McCarthy ASAP with a deadline no later than 5pm on Friday 6th December.

    Spaces are limited and might fill up before the deadline so sign up as soon as possible..

  • Barclays Graduate Apprenticeships in Glasgow - 27/11/2019 - bmccarthy


    Build the career you want – and drive advancements in FinTech

    Why build a career in Technology in our global business? Because this is where some of the industry’s biggest innovations were born – and you could create the next.

    Join us and work alongside industry experts who are behind major leaps in FinTech. You’ll be following our innovative learning programme which includes on-the-job training and valuable hands-on experience. And you’ll have the chance to gain a recognised Apprenticeship Qualification – fully-funded by us – anything up to and including a BSc in Technology.

    That means you could earn a degree and also earn a salary. Sounds challenging? Don’t forget you’ve got support from a line manager, career coach and a technical buddy, as well as a network of peers. Wherever you’re based, you’ll find a highly collaborative community that’s full of new ideas.

    Matt at Barclaycard is living proof of what’s possible. Named Data Apprentice of the Year at the 2019 DataIQ Awards, Matt has led multiple data projects across the business, delivering data-driven analytics – and multi-million pound benefits.

    Learn as an Apprentice here at Barclays and we’ll invest in you and your tech career. There are two routes available: Foundation (if you’re at GCSE-level) and Higher (if you have A-levels or equivalent). The first will see you gain a formal level 3 qualification as you build your knowledge, working on real-life projects. The second will help you gain a degree as you learn and evolve your skills in an absorbing tech role.

    Programme Information

    For roles in England, 3 A-Levels (or equivalent) at BCC or above

    For roles in Scotland, 4 Bs in your Highers (or equivalent), including maths or computing


    Get to grips quickly with the latest tech through 80% on-the-job training

    Enjoy the opportunity to work towards a formal degree

    Get a headstart in the tech industry and build an exciting career.

    Apply now


The Computing Science Department offer the following courses:

National 3, 4 and 5 Computing Science

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Pupils who achieve N5 can progress to Higher level Computing Science.

NPA Computer Games Development

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NPA Cyber Security

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