Become an apprentice

What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are a way to get real-life industry experience that'll help you feel confident in your future career. 

You'll work for an employer while you study at school, in college or at university. Taking part in and completing an apprenticeship will give you skills and experience that'll kick-start your career, while you gain recognised qualifications along the way. 

Is an apprenticeship right for me?

Yes! There are loads of different types of apprenticeship that suit different age groups and levels of study. They also span a wide variety of industries – from sound engineering to accounting.

The majority of apprenticeships don't have entry requirements or complicated sign-up processes – as long as you bring your enthusiasm and interest, you'll be a great fit.

How do I apply?

If you're still at school, you can find out how to apply for a Foundation Apprenticeship by letting your teacher know which one you're interested in. 

Looking for Modern or Graduate apprenticeship opportunities? You can apply right here on our site with our vacancy search tool. We've got every apprenticeship across Scotland covered and there is bound to be something for you.

Interested? Brilliant!

Browse these options to see what's the right apprenticeship choice for you.

You’ll find out how and when you can apply, and how each one works.


Foundation Apprenticeship

Get amazing work experience while you’re in 5th or 6th year of school. 

Foundation Apprenticeships

Modern Apprenticeship

Over 16? Earn while you learn and work towards a qualification that’ll set you up for a bright future.

Modern Apprenticeships

Graduate Apprenticeship

Split your time between working for a wage and learning – ending up with a qualification that’s equivalent to a full-time university degree. 

Graduate Apprenticeships

Need a bit of help?

We get it. Filling out applications and making decisions about your future can be intimidating. Head over to our friends at My World of Work to get some brilliant tips on applying for jobs and apprenticeships, as well as guidance that’ll help you build your confidence in decision-making. 

Ways we can support you

Support for parents and carers

You may want to chat with a parent or carer about an apprenticeship. Or something else to do with your career.

Use My World of Work to help start those conversations. There are loads of handy resources to support you.

Info for parents on My World of Work

Mental health support

Difficulty thinking about your future, concentrating, or speaking to the people around you can be signs that you may be struggling with poor mental health. It's okay to be feeling this way, and there's loads of support out there for you.

Think about speaking to your parents, or a trusted teacher about how you're feeling – or find support through the resource we've developed that's linked below.

Mental Health Resources

Logo of Fair Work showing 5 iconsSupport in learning and work

If you are disabled or have learning difficulties, you might be eligible for support such as Access to Work grants. Find out about what’s available and where to get advice on My World of Work.

Look out for the Disability Confident symbol on the job vacancies on our site. This means if you apply, identify yourself as being disabled, and meet the minimum criteria, you should be offered an interview.

Fair Work

You have the right to be treated fairly at work. The Fair Work Convention helps all employees in Scotland to have a voice, opportunity, security, fulfilment and respect.

Find out more about Fair Work and how it helps you