The Automotive Foundation Apprenticeship will teach you about the car and transport industry. You may want to choose this course if you are interested one day becoming a mechanic, an engineer, selling cars or parts, or just want to learn more about the industry. Automotive jobs involve using exciting new technology and are vital to Scotland.

Automotive covers a range of jobs, like:

  • Light motor vehicle technician
  • Heavy motor vehicle technician
  • Auto electrical technician
  • Roadside assistance engineer
  • Parts distribution operative

The automotive industry contributes greatly to the Scottish economy and offers a wide range of careers and development opportunities for all.

What is the qualification?

You’ll gain a Foundation Apprenticeship in Automotive at SCQF Level 4, which is the same level of learning as a National 4.

This includes: 

  • Skills for Work award in Automotive Skills (SCQF Level 4)
  • Work Based Challenge Unit (SCQF Level 4)


What will I learn?

Your Skills for Work award will cover:

  • The car
  • The garage
  • The technician
  • Vehicle modification

You will use the skills and knowledge you develop in your Skills for Work Award to successfully complete the work-based challenge unit. You will:

  • Work closely with an employer
  • Deliver your project to a real-life client
  • Develop an understanding of the automotive industry

Your Foundation Apprenticeship will also help you to develop meta-skills. These skills are highly valued by employers. Meta-skills include:

  • Self-management
  • Social intelligence
  • Innovation

These meta-skills are necessary and highly desirable for working in a range of other related jobs.

Where could it take me?

Your Foundation Apprenticeship gives you lots of options; it’s up to you where you go next.

  • A Modern Apprenticeship: On completing your Foundation Apprenticeship, you’ll have the knowledge and experience to progress your career through a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF level 5 or SCQF level 6

  • Further education: Continue your studies at college with a related subject. Your work-based learning will support your college application.

  • Straight to a job: By developing your technical and meta skills, alongside your understanding of industry, you will have the key skills employers want. 

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How will it work?

You'll complete your Foundation Apprenticeship at school, alongside your other subjects. You'll spend time learning with a provider, such as a college, and with an employer on a practical work project. It'll give your career a head-start, and look great on your CV.

How can I apply?

If you're in S3 to S6, you can do a Foundation Apprenticeship.

If you're interested in studying a Foundation Apprenticeship at level 4 or 5, speak to your guidance teacher or careers adviser to find out what's available in your school.