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Foundation Apprenticeships

Kick start your career while you're still at school

Types of Foundation Apprenticeship

Why choose a Foundation Apprenticeship?

It counts as one of your subject choices

It counts as one of your subject choices

You'll complete your Foundation Apprenticeship over one or two years, usually starting in S5 or S6.

It's the same level as a Higher

It's the same level as a Higher

Most major universities and colleges in Scotland accept Foundation Apprenticeships as entry requirements, equivalent to one SQA Higher. 

And, you'll get a valuable work placement

And, you'll get a valuable work placement

You'll spend time away from school, at college and with an employer. So you get a real, practical work placement which will give your career a head start and look great on your CV.

Choose from 12 subjects including Civil Engineering, Creative and Digital Media and Software Development

Work on real projects with some of Scotland's biggest, best known organisations, such as Barclays, Network Rail, and the NHS

Considering your options? A Foundation Apprenticeship gives you the chance to try a career out, so you can decide if it's right for you

Where could it take you?

Work with Scotland's top employers

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

Network Rail
NHS Scotland
Scottish Water
First Group
Scottish Borders Council
GE Aviation Services
When you're at school you can be quite shy, but once you get out and about you're constantly speaking to people everyday. It brings out a lot of confidence and maturity.
Shane, Engineering FA at Ocean Kinetics and winner of Foundation Apprentice of the Year award

Find a Foundation Apprenticeship at your school


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

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