Glasgow Caledonian University Grad Level Apprenticeship

Step onto the career ladder and earn while you learn 

They say the ladder of success is never crowded at the top. At CGI we’re offering you a unique opportunity to find out with our GCU Grad Level Apprenticeship. 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, helps satellites journey into space, and who employs 65,000 professionals in 40 countries across five continents. And right now we’re on the lookout for talent – students and school leavers, people who are passionate about technology and hungry to learn. You’ll be proving yourself from day one – solving problems, taking responsibility, making decisions, working on classified mission-critical projects. And with open-ended prospects for advancement, you’ll have every opportunity to reach the top. 

What sorts of projects will you be working on?

You may be involved with:

  • Resolving any IT Issues that arise
  • Doing programming work after being fully trained
  • Learning about software testing and other industry practices
  • Learn about how software is designed and developed in modern project environments and putting it into practice
  • Your role will be to deliver digital engineering capability and encompass a rotation programme which will allow you to learn different programming languages and try new roles.

Past students have worked in everything from Space and Defence to Bid Management, Contracts, Marketing, Programming, Cyber-Security and Project Management. 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, sent satellites to Mars, helped win multi-million pound projects and made sure that all our projects are planned and executed to the standards our clients expect.

The nature of our business you work on ‘projects’, meaning you’re never doing the same thing and you can have different roles across various projects, so there is no ‘typical day’. It also may mean you are working on client site, in another CGI office or sometimes from home. It really does vary at CGI. And that’s the exciting thing, it really is up to you to shape and develop your career in the direction you want to go with the support of others.

What’s the programme all about?

You will get a debt free degree, BSc (Hons) Software Development, one day a week at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), whilst spending the other four days a week developing your career on real-life projects at CGI. No one day is the same at CGI, meaning you can shape and develop your career throughout the course of the programme then continue with us after graduation.

This course will take four years to complete and, with our sponsorship, you won’t have to pay a single penny in tuition fees. We’ll even provide the course resources and materials required, so there’s no need to worry about textbooks either. You can also use your 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.


You will have a designated People/Career Manager who will support you with your career development and professional conduct at CGI. You will also have Line Managers on your projects that look after you on a day-by-day basis and a ‘Buddy’ which is a current or graduated student of a school leaver programme to help you with anything else you may need.

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 strong technical (programming/development) ability through work experience or extra-curricular activities.
  • At least 7 Scottish National 5 at grade 1-3 including English or Maths (equivalent qualifications are accepted)

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

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. Please contact us if you have any queries.

Ready to step up? 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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Sponsored degree
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4 years
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A levels (or equivalent)
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Business, Management consulting, IT and technology

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