RGU strengthens partnership with Skills Development Scotland

Robert Gordon University (RGU) is strengthening its partnership with Skills Development Scotland(SDS) to enhance work-based learning opportunities for the North East of Scotland.

Jonathan Clark and Damien Yeates with RGU representatives 450 x 300The university recently welcomed the Chief Executive of SDS, Damien Yeates, Service Design and Innovation Director, Jonathan Clark, and Director of Industry and Enterprise Networks, Gordon McGuinness, to its Garthdee campus as part of the growing partnership between the two organisations.

The senior delegation met with RGU’s Principal, Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski, as well as representatives from the university during the visit, which focused on the development of work-based learning pathways for the region.

The visit follows the establishment of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between RGU and SDS to develop an integrated work-based learning framework across Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire.

Damien Yeates, SDS Chief Executive, said: “The experience of other European countries tells us that work-based learning is a key contributor to low youth unemployment rates so we are excited to be strengthening our partnership with Robert Gordon University. 

“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 delegation visited RGU’s Drilling and Advanced Rig Training (DART) facility and its Clinical Skills suite.

RGU’s Principal, Professor Ferdinand 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.”

Work-based learning supports the education and development of employees so that they acquire the skills, knowledge and competence required to work and progress in the sector.

It is centred around reflection on work practice and reviewing and learning from experience. 


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