Modern Apprenticeships

Wages, proud parents and confidence. Hear what it's really like to be an apprentice.

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Get a job. Get paid. Get qualified.

With a Modern Apprenticeship you learn on the job, and get the experience you need. Plus, you work towards a qualification.

Whether you’re thinking about the future, job hunting, or want to learn new skills, a Modern Apprenticeship could be for you.

  • There are more than 80 types of Modern Apprenticeship across hundreds of jobs, so you can find one that suits you

  • You get the experience employers are looking for – from skills for work, to handy things like timekeeping, taking responsibility and teamwork

  • It’s a real alternative to full-time college or uni. By learning on the job, you get to put your skills to the test right away

  • MAs are designed with employers and industry in mind, so that you get the best possible training

  • Your qualification is accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority. You can see how MAs compare to other qualifications on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework

  • Did we mention you get paid?

Find and apply for a vacancy

We upload the latest MA vacancies every day. Start your search now.

Am I eligible?

You can start a Modern Apprenticeship if you’ve reached the Scottish statutory minimum school leaving age – for most people that’s 16.

Employers can get help to pay for your training costs if you’re aged 16-24. If you’re over 24, they might still get a contribution depending on what industry you’re in. This includes automotive, chemicals and biotechnology, construction and related industries, creative and cultural skills, engineering and energy, financial services, food and drink, hospitality and tourism, transport and logistics, and some sport, health and social care apprenticeships.

Plus, if you’re disabled or care experienced and aged 16 up to and including 29, your employer can get the highest level of funding for your apprenticeship.

What qualifications do I need?

It varies from employer to employer, and the details are on our apprenticeship vacancies. But you'll usually need three or more National 4s to apply for a Modern Apprenticeship (or Standard Grades at general level). Depending on the skills and qualifications you already have, you might be able to start at a higher level.

What's the pay like?

You'll be paid at least the National Minimum Wage. Find out what the current National Minimum Wage rates are and more about your rights over at My World of Work

What if I’ve already got a job?

You could start an MA with your current employer. Take a look at the types of Modern Apprenticeship linked below to see if there’s one that might fit your job.

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There are more than 80 types of apprenticeship.

Over on My World of Work, you can see a full list of all the types of MA. We’ll tell you what jobs you could do (there are hundreds to choose from!), what skills you’ll learn, and what the entry requirements are.

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Not sure which apprenticeship is for you?

My World of Work can help you explore your options. Try one of the tools below, and start to find out more about what careers might suit you.

What's a Modern Apprenticeship really like?

Don't take our word for it. Hear it from Modern Apprentices themselves.

Dionne, software engineering MA, RBS

'There needs to be more females in Digital Technology. Times are changing now and there's lots of support for more women coming into the sector.'


% of MAs who completed their apprenticeship are still in work six months later

Murrie, sport and leisure MA, Vibrant Communities

‘My Modern Apprenticeship has changed my life. I’m now a lot more confident and responsible in everything I do.’

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Toni, Administration and IT MA, SQA

'It's made me realise nothing can stop anyone. It doesn't matter where you've came from as long as you've moved on from that and came out positive on the other side.'


% of MAs are satisfied with their apprenticeship.

Modern Apprentices say their apprenticeship helped them improve vital employability skills like communication, working with others, and problem solving.

Letitia, engineering MA, Diageo

'I was extremely nervous at first because part of me thought I couldn't do it. But I've proved to myself more and more that I can.’

Mohammad, life sciences MA

'People get surprised that I’m responsible for so many things at such an age. But a Modern Apprenticeship can get you there and it’s the best way forward.’

Career progression

Four out of five MAs say they've progressed in their career, either from working at a higher level, for higher pay, or taking on more responsibility.

Hear how Sarah Jane's MA got her to where she is today.

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Apprenticeships are for everyone

If you’re disabled or have learning difficulties, you might be eligible for additional support such as Access to Work grants. Find out about what’s available and where to get advice on My World of Work.

Look out for the Disability Confident symbol on the job vacancies here on This means if you apply, identify yourself as disabled, and meet the minimum criteria, you should be offered an interview.

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