What's Automotive like?

The Automotive Foundation Apprenticeship will teach you about the car and transport industry. You might choose this course if you're interested in being a mechanic or engineer. You may want to sell cars or parts, or learn more about the industry.

Automotive jobs involve using exciting new technology and are vital to Scotland. The industry covers a range of jobs, such as:

  • 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. There's a wide range of careers and development opportunities for all.

What's the qualification?

You’ll gain a Foundation Apprenticeship in Automotive at SCQF Level 4. That's the same level of learning as a National 4.

This includes: 

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


What will I learn?

Your Skills for Work award will cover:

  • the car
  • the garage
  • the technician
  • vehicle modification

You'll develop skills and knowledge in your Skills for Work award to complete the work-based challenge unit. You'll:

  • work closely with an employer
  • deliver your project to a real-life client
  • get an understanding of the automotive industry

Your Foundation Apprenticeship will also help you to develop meta-skills. Employers value these skills, which include:

  • self-management
  • social intelligence
  • innovation

You'll need these transferable skills for working in a range of other related jobs.

Where could it take me?

Your Foundation Apprenticeship gives you lots of options, including:

  • Modern Apprenticeship: When you complete your Foundation Apprenticeship, you’ll have lots of knowledge and experience. You can use it 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: You'll have new technical and meta-skills and a good understanding of the industry. These are skills that employers want. 

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How will it work?

You'll complete your Foundation Apprenticeship at school, alongside your other subjects. You'll learn with a provider, such as a college, and work with an employer on a practical 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.

Want to do a Foundation Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 4 or 5, like this one? Speak to your guidance teacher or careers adviser to see what's available in your school.