Foundation Apprenticeship Engineering

Female Foundation Apprentice in blue overalls and safety goggles checks her work in a workshop

What is engineering? The short answer is, everything around you.

Engineers help create milk cartons, aeroplanes, wind turbines - even the device you're using to read this page. They find new, better ways to solve problems.

Sounds interesting? A Foundation Apprenticeship (FA) in Engineering could be your first step into this exciting industry.

The Foundation Apprenticeship

An FA Engineering helps you discover what a career in engineering would be like, and if it's right for you – while you're still at school. You’ll try different engineering roles, shadow experienced engineers, or do a special project. You'll build the practical skills and experience you need to do the job well. 

What qualifications will I gain?

You'll be assessed throughout your FA Engineering. At the end, you'll achieve a Foundation Apprenticeship (Group Award) at SCQF Level 6, which includes:

  • Five units from the SVQ2 in Performing Engineering Operations (SCQF Level 5)
  • A National Certificate in an Engineering Discipline at SCQF Level 6

Where could it take me?

With a FA Engineering you could:

  • Gain accelerated entry onto the Modern Apprenticeship in Engineering (SCQF Level 6/7)
  • Explore options for a related Graduate Level Apprenticeship in Engineering
  • Go on to study at college or university
  • Go straight into a job in the engineering sector



Where could an FA lead you? The graphic shows you could go on to a Graduate Level Apprenticeship in Engineering: Instrumentation, Measurement and Control, an MA in Engineering, Or a college or university course in engineering. Typical jobs include Aerospace engineer, electrical engineering technician or marine engineer. Skills developed include work readiness, numeracy skills, working with others, problem solving, organisational skills and time management

Find a Foundation Apprenticeship

Pick your area to see which courses are available. The Foundation Apprenticeship programme is still expanding, so what you can do depends on your school.