This Foundation Apprenticeship gives pupils skills and knowledge for a business career. They'll learn about management and business priorities, such as:

  • enterprise
  • project management
  • digital marketing
  • procurement
  • supply chain management

You'll help them gain practical experience for working in various business roles.

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
  • 4 units of an qualification 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 your performance in a business environment
    - Design and produce documents in a business environment
Entry requirements

The pupil would select a Foundation Apprenticeship as a school subject choice. Then they'd go through a recruitment process arranged by the college, or other learning provider. It's great if you can get involved, too.

Pupils should have a good level of English and maths. If they've taken a business subject, that's also an advantage. It's helpful if pupils:

  • can look for solutions to improve processes
  • are good at building relationships
  • can work logically and methodically, under pressure to set deadlines
  • have good attention to detail
  • are open to change
Progression and development

Pupils will get the skills, knowledge and competence to help them move on to:

  • a Modern Apprenticeship
  • more vocational training
  • further study at school or college

These will help them to prepare for working in business and admin.

If you're looking to hire, Foundation Apprenticeships help you spot talented pupils. You can 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 apprenticeship. You can discuss this with the college or other learning provider who's working with you.

There’s no financial cost to you as an employer because the learner is still at school. But investing your time can bring rewards, with access to talented young people in your workplace.

The work placement

Pupils study a Foundation Apprenticeship as one of their school subjects, usually over S5 and S6.

During the apprenticeship, each pupil must complete a work placement of about 1 day a week in S6. This helps them build the evidence needed to complete the units from the SVQ.

It's important that pupils get contact with you, the employer, during S5. This shows them what it's like to work for an employer and how to use business skills in the workplace.

To find tasks that pupils could do across S5 and S6, read the framework document for this apprenticeship.

What's next?

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