Pathway Apprenticeships

What is a Pathway Apprenticeship?

If you've recently left school, are unemployed and not receiving benefits, a Pathway Apprenticeship could help you to prepare for the world of work. You'll gain an industry-recognised qualification and accelerate your progression into future employment of further apprenticeship opportunities.

  • It’s delivered by learning providers, such as colleges, in partnership with employers
  • You’ll gain knowledge, skills and experience through a series of practical activities, including industry projects and work placements
  • The apprenticeship lasts up to 26 weeks (36 weeks for engineering) and can be extended up to 52 weeks if you are care experienced or disabled
  • You’ll get a £100 weekly allowance
  • Following successful completion, you will have gained a qualification and valuable insight and experience of the world of work

You’ll have the chance to train and get qualifications in growth sectors with strong future employment prospects including:

  • Business Skills at SCQF Level 6
  • IT / Digital (software) at SCQF Level 6
  • IT / Digital (hardware) at SCQF Level 6
  • Engineering SCQF Level 5
  • Social Services Children & Young People at SCQF Level 6

Benefits of a Pathway Apprenticeship

If you've left school and are unemployed, here's why a Pathways Apprenticeship could be a good option.

  • Accredited learning with an industry-recognised qualification up to SCQF Level 6, the same level of learning as a Higher

  • Virtual elements which can be completed online

  • Future-focussed to help you move to a Modern or Graduate Apprenticeship by developing the skills and experience employers need

  • Gain real work experience through industry projects or work placements

  • Tailored support shaped around your skills needs

  • Explore a career path in a growth industry with strong future career prospects

  • Develop your skills and options for the next steps in your career or learner journey

Next steps

You can be referred onto a Pathway Apprenticeship by a learning provider or by contacting one of our careers advisers

Contact a careers adviser

Information for employers

During these challenging times it’s essential for employers to support young people. By getting involved with Pathway Apprenticeships you can:

  • Get early access to young talent
  • Create a pipeline for recruitment to apprenticeships
  • Support young people in challenging times
  • Develop your staff as coaches or mentors

Contact one of our advisers to find out how to get involved.