Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Aberdeen hopes a stronger partnership with Skills Development Scotland (SDS) will improve work-based learning opportunities in the north-east.
The university recently welcomed three of SDS’s top bosses – chief executive Damien Yeates, design and innovation director Jonathan Clark and industry and enterprise networks director Gordon McGuinness – to its Garthdee campus as part of growing links between the organisations.
RGU Principal Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski and other representatives from the university met the trio to discuss work-based learning in the region.
The visit follows the establishment of a memorandum of understanding between RGU and SDS to develop a blueprint for Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire.
Mr Yeates said: “The experience of other European countries tells us that work-based learning is a key contributor to low youth unemployment rates.
“RGU is rightly recognised for the way it prepares its graduates for the world of work, and to meet the needs of the local economy.
“The visit was a great opportunity to further discussions about our partnership, which aims to strengthen links between education and industry and develop new approaches to work-based learning.”
During the visit, the SDS delegation visited RGU’s drilling and advanced rig training facility and clinical skills suite.
Mr von Prondzynski, said: “We are proud of our close relationship with industry which ensures our graduates are equipped for work, helping to secure their futures in an ever-changing work environment.
“Sharing resources and expertise is key to success, so we are delighted to extend our partnership with SDS to support the development of work-based learning opportunities and increase the employability of young people.”