This Foundation Apprenticeship helps pupils develop the skills and knowledge they need to enter into a career in the business sector.

The qualification

SCQF level 6

The Foundation Apprenticeship in Business Skills includes:

  • A National Progression Award (NPA) in Business Skills at SCQF level 6
  • A Contemporary Business Issues unit
  • Four units of an qualificiation in Business and Administration at SCQF level 6
  • A work placement unit at SCQF level 6

Example of course units include:

  • NPA
    - Understanding business
    - Management of people and finance
  • SVQ
    - Plan how to manage and improve own performance in a business environment
    - Design and produce documents in a business environment
Entry requirements

Potential apprentices are selected for the apprenticeship by their school. Pupils will go through a recruitment process arranged by college/learning provider, which we encourage you to get involved in.

Pupils should have a good level of English and maths. Having taken a business subject would be an advantage. Pupils must be able to look for solutions to improve processes and procedures, be good at building relationships, be able to work logically and methodically, under pressure to set deadlines, have good attention to detail, and be open to change.

Progression and development

Pupils will have the right skills to move from this to a Modern Apprenticeship in a business and admin subject; or may decide to move on to further or higher education. If you look to hire, the Foundation Apprenticeship offers you an opportunity to spot talented pupils, and assess their skills on a longer term than a regular interview process would allow.

SCQF qualification levels explained

Download the framework document

Your role

As an employer, you can decide what level of involvement you have in the Foundation Apprenticeship programme. You can discuss this with the learning provider you’re working with.

There’s no financial cost to you as an employer because the learner is still at school. However, the investment of your time: great or small, can bring you lasting rewards with access to talented and driven young people for your workplace.

The work placement

Pupils study a Foundation Apprenticeship as one of their school subjects usually over fifth and sixth year.

During this apprenticeship each pupil must complete a work placement of approximately one day a week in S6 to help them build the evidence needed to complete the units from the SVQ. It is important that pupils commence employer contact during S5 to introduce them to the employer context of digital roles and how business skills are used in the workplace.

For further information on suggested activities that could be scheduled across S5 and S6 for the Foundation Apprenticeship in Business Skills, please refer to the framework document.

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