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Headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland, CAS is an independent, employee-owned IT company, which  offers a wide range of solutions from IT consultancy to application development and IT support.

CAS is one of Heriot-Watt University’s partners in the Graduate Apprenticeship programme BSc (Hons) Software Development for Business. Read how the Graduate Apprenticeship scheme helps the company to grow and develop in our interview with Chris Ellis, Chief Technical Officer.

Why did you decide to nominate a graduate apprentice?

It is an opportunity for the junior staff member to improve knowledge for own career progression and to improve knowledge within the team. GAs is also a great chance for talented staff retention.

What appealed to you most about Heriot-Watt University?

There were three main factors, based on them we made our decision - a reputation of University for practical learning, proximity and course content.

How would you describe your experience of the Graduate Apprenticeship scheme?

The scheme has allowed us to support the long-term development of our staff using a heavyweight and trusted learning provider. The main benefit is to have a component of a long-term, structured career development plan for junior members of staff.

What are the top features that attracted you to Graduate Apprenticeships?

Degree level qualification, depth of learning (vs a scattering of specific, short courses), part time learning and funding.

What skills and knowledge has your graduate apprentice gained?

Our apprentice has already been working in the software industry for a couple of years, and so has a reasonable level of understanding already. He is finding some of the learning to be below this level, but is now starting to be challenged by it. He has benefited from some of the more foundational / computer science elements of the course.

How would you describe your experience of the Graduate Apprenticeship scheme in one sentence?CAS Ltd


Chris Ellis