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 get to work on real projects with an employer. Some of Scotland's biggest, best known organisations are involved, including Barclays, Network Rail, and the NHS
It's a chance to try a career out – so you can decide if it's right for you
Pick your area to see which courses are available. The Foundation Apprenticeship programme is still expanding, so what you can do depends where your school is. If you can't find the subject you’re looking for, get in touch for more information.
Find out from some of the pupils who've already done it.
Monisha's Foundation Apprenticeship changed her career plans. Instead of going to university, she decided to do a Modern Apprenticeship.
Jenna and Heather's apprenticeship meant getting hands-on experience at Craigie House care home.
Completing a Foundation Apprenticeship at Score Europe led Callum to apply for a Modern Apprenticeship.
‘Since I started doing the Foundation Apprenticeship, my confidence has grown a lot.’
'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.'
Get a job. Get paid. Get qualified.
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Check out our frequently asked questions about Modern Apprenticeships.