The construction industry offers a broad range of opportunities to all. Whether you’re working on site or behind a drawing board, choosing construction means you will shape and build the world.

Construction covers a huge range of jobs, like:

  • Building services engineer
  • Building surveyor
  • Site manager
  • Stonemason
  • Carpenter
  • Civil engineer

The industry’s workforce is ageing and there is demand to fill the skills gap.

If you’re a practical thinker with a knack for technical processes, this industry could be your perfect match.

What's the qualification?

You’ll gain a Foundation Apprenticeship in Construction at either SCQF Level 4 or 5, which is the same level of learning as a National 4 or National 5.

This includes:

  • National Progression Award in Construction Skills (SCQF Level 4 or 5)
  • Work Based Challenge Unit (SCQF Level 4 or 5)

What will I learn?

Your National Progression Award will cover a variety of units and may include:

  • Built environment
  • 3D modelling
  • Carpentry and bench joinery
  • Painting and decorating

You will use the skills and knowledge you develop in your National Progression 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 construction sector

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 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.