A new approach to development

A new approach to apprenticeship development was piloted in 2019/20. It successfully increased direct participation from employers and employees in developing work-based learning that provides the skills needed now and in the future. There is now one, coherent approach to apprenticeship development across all apprenticeships – foundation, modern and graduate levels.


Why has the approach changed? 

  • To give employers more direct involvement in creating and developing apprenticeships 
  • To ensure that apprenticeships accurately reflect the job being undertaken by engaging employees at the first stage of the process 
  • To improve efficiency, with one streamlined approach used to develop Foundation, Modern and Graduate apprenticeships   


What are the benefits of this new approach? 

  • An effective response to delivering the skills that employees and businesses need in a changing world of work 
  • A better fit between work-based learning, the jobs that employees do and the skills that employers need in the workplace 
  • An increase in employer engagement with the Scottish Apprenticeship System 

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Ways to get involved

Find out about the different ways to get involved in developing an apprenticeship based on your role and how you’d like to take part.

Employee workshops

For employees or people who have completed an apprenticeship, or have the equivalent experience.

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Technical Expert Groups

For employers, including trade unions and education and qualification experts.

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Wider consultation

For anyone interested in shaping apprenticeships including apprentices, employers, trade unions and professional bodies.

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Apprenticeship development

Apprenticeships are developed by employers, employees and other stakeholders with expert knowledge.

Apprenticeship development