We have more than 1,700 colleagues across the country who work in schools, career centres and offices. Whether it’s face to face, over the phone or online support, all of us are committed to helping people find rewarding careers.
A key part of this is apprenticeships.
An apprenticeship is when someone works towards a qualification on the job. They work with experienced colleagues on real projects while putting what they learn at a college or university straight into practice.
It’s great for businesses too.
Employers can develop their existing staff or find and grow new talent. Apprenticeships create a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce. They can tackle possible skills gaps, boost productivity and help a business stay competitive.
We offer three types of apprenticeships:
We work closely with Scotland’s industries to make sure apprenticeships meet their needs. We also administer the funding for apprenticeships training, on behalf of the Scottish Government.
European Social Fund
Skills Development Scotland receives funding from the European Social Fund for the expansion of apprenticeships. Although we are no longer part of the EU, SDS will continue to receive funds until 2023. A condition of the funding is that SDS includes ESF branding on all publicity material, including TV adverts.
The group assess and approve our new and existing apprenticeships, including Foundation and Graduate Apprenticeships. Find out more about it's role and members.Apprenticeship Approval Group
The Board is led by employers and representatives from different industry bodies. Find out about their role in the development of apprenticeships.Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board