Set yourself up for a big future

Find a Foundation Apprenticeship at your school in 2022

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Key benefits

Gain industry insight and a qualification

You'll gain industry knowledge and experience while you're still at school.

There are 12 Foundation Apprenticeship subjects to choose from at SCQF Level 6 and 3 Foundation Apprenticeship subjects at SCQF Level 4/5. All apprenticeships have been designed in partnership with employers.

Choose a Foundation Apprenticeship and you'll quickly discover the benefits they bring:

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How it works

How a Foundation Apprenticeship works

  1. Choose the apprenticeship you'd like, as part of your senior-phase subject choices
  2. Spend time with a learning provider, such as a college
  3. Work on industry projects supported by employers
  4. Get assessed on the work-based learning you do
  5. By completing the apprenticeship you will achieve a qualification and develop skills employers want

Available subjects at level 6

Find out about the types of Foundation Apprenticeships and watch some of our case studies



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

Business Skills

Business Skills

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

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.

Creative 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.

Civil 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.


Financial Services

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

Food Drink Tech

Food and Drink Technologies

Be at the forefront of what we need to survive. Help develop products we’ll eat and drink in the future while keeping us and our planet safe.

Hardware 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.

Scientific Tech

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

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

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

Hardware System Support

Software Development

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

Find a Foundation Apprenticeship at your school

Foundation Apprenticeships are supported by Skills Development Scotland and The Scottish Funding Council.

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