Foundation Apprenticeships


Get out of the classroom and get a real taste of the world of work.

You sit a Foundation Apprenticeship over two years, usually starting in fifth year with your Highers and National 5s.

The difference is, you spend time away from school, at college and with an employer. So you get real, practical work experience.

  • Get a qualification that employers recognise and the skills you need to start a career in that industry
  • Open up your options after school
  • You could gain what's called accelerated entry to a Modern Apprenticeship in the same subject – because you've already completed parts of the apprenticeship at school
  • Fancy college or uni? The practical experience looks fantastic on your UCAS or college application
  • Want to go straight into work? You’ll have the skills you need for that type of job
  • You'll also learn skills like timekeeping, problem solving, and team work. So no matter what you want to do, you'll be just the type of person employers are looking for
  • It's a chance to try a career out – so you can decide if it's right for you

Types of Foundation Apprenticeships

The Foundation Apprenticeship programme is still expanding, so what you can do depends on where you live. We'll update this page soon to let you know what will be available in your area, starting in 2017. In the meantime, you can find out more about the different types of Foundation Apprenticeship.

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Not sure which apprenticeship is for you?

My World of Work can help you explore your options. Try one of the tools below, and start to find out more about what careers might suit you.

What's a Foundation Apprenticeship really like?

Find out from some of the pupils who've already done it.

Monisha, financial services Foundation Apprenticeship

Monisha's Foundation Apprenticeship changed her career plans. Instead of going to university, she decided to do a Modern Apprenticeship.

Jenna and Heather, health and social care Foundation Apprenticeship

Jenna and Heather's apprenticeship meant getting hands-on experience at Craigie House care home.

Callum, engineering Foundation Apprenticeship

Completing a Foundation Apprenticeship at Score Europe led Callum to apply for a Modern Apprenticeship.

Abbi, engineering Foundation Apprenticeship

‘Since I started doing the Foundation Apprenticeship, my confidence has grown a lot.’

Connor, financial services Foundation Apprentice

'The Foundation Apprenticeship gives you an advantage when applying for jobs and attending interviews. Being able to say you’ve had experience working for a large company like Barclays makes you stand out as a candidate.'

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Skills Development Scotland is delivering Foundation Apprenticeships with support from the European Social Fund

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