Foundation Apprenticeships

Kick start your career while you're still at school

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LET'S TALK ABOUT BECOMING A FOUNDATION APPRENTICE

Who is it for?

In S5 or S6, you can do a Foundation Apprenticeship as one of your senior subject choices. You'll get the chance to learn in a real workplace and develop the new skills your future employers need, giving you a competitive edge while you're still at school. 

How does it work?

  1. You’ll get time out of the classroom and complete an extended work placement with one of Scotland's top employers.

  2. Your Foundation Apprenticeship course will combine hands-on learning with essential knowledge, which you'll get the chance to test out on your work placement.

  3. It fits alongside your other subjects in your senior timetable.

What are the benefits?

  1. It’s the same level of learning as a Higher (SCQF6). The difference is that you are assessed as you go along, so there’s no final exam.

  2. The time you spend on your placement will give you technical workplace knowledge, plus confidence, communication and teamwork skills.

  3. You can use your Foundation Apprenticeship to get into a Modern Apprenticeship, Graduate Apprenticeship, or straight to work. It also counts as one of your entry qualifications into all colleges and universities across Scotland.

Which one will you choose?

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Accountancy

Accountancy

Help businesses keep track of their money and grow their profits. If you’re a good problem-solver, this FA could be your solution.

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Business Skills

Business Skills

Want to know what makes a company successful? Learn about managing people, projects, and strategy.

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Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering

Our buildings, canals, roads, bridges and motorways depend on civil engineers. You could help create the future built environment of Scotland.

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Creative and Digital Media

Creative and Digital Media

Calling storytellers, techies, designers and creative thinkers. This is an FA that lets you bring your ideas to life.

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Engineering

Engineering

Engineers work out new and better ways to do things - and create them. If you're a natural problem solver, it could be for you.

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Financial Services

Financial Services

Get a foot in the door of business, accountancy and banking. You could manage the money that keeps everything else ticking along.

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Food and Drink Technologies

Food and Drink Technologies

Do you have a nose for success? Work in food science, nutrition or developing the products of the future.

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Hardware and System Support

Hardware and System Support

Every business in the country depends on technology. You could be the one to fix problems, keep it running, and make it work better.

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Scientific Technologies

Scientific Technologies

Some of our biggest advancements start out in a lab. Science has the power to change the world - and you could be part of it.

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Social Services Children and Young People

Social Services Children and Young People

Every child deserves the best start in life, and to grow up happy, healthy and confident. You can help make sure this happens.

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Social Services and Healthcare

Social Services and Healthcare

Want to try something challenging, but rewarding? Learn about helping people when they need it most.

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Software Development

Software Development

Gaming, virtual reality, cyber security - the digital world is changing fast. You could help decide where it goes next.

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'It's made me more confident, both in the workplace and in college. Now I've realised that I'd like to do Cyber Security when I leave school.'

Steven, Software Development Foundation Apprentice at FanDuel

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Some of Scotland's biggest, best known organisations are involved

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