This Foundation Apprenticeship gives pupils skills and knowledge to prepare for a career in:

  • engineering
  • the advanced manufacturing sector
  • other engineering-related industries

You can support our future engineers to move into a range of sectors including:

  • space
  • aviation
  • transport
  • medicine
  • fashion

It's a unique opportunity for pupils to gain real workplace knowledge and experience. They'll also get an industry-recognised qualification.

The qualification

SCQF Level 6

The Foundation Apprenticeship in Engineering includes:

  • a National Certificate (NC) in an Engineering Discipline at SCQF Level 6, such as Engineering Systems or Mechanical Engineering
  • 5 units of an SCQF Level 5 in Performing Engineering Operations
  • work-related experience or an industry challenge

Example of course units include:

  • NC Engineering - units depend on discipline chosen
  • Complying with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements
  • Using and interpreting engineering data and documentation
Entry requirements

Pupils don't need formal qualifications for entry but they should:

  • have a good level of written and spoken English
  • have an aptitude for problem-solving
  • be creative and innovative

It's also expected that the apprentice would be working towards Higher Maths.

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.

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 engineering. 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.

Besides the classroom learning, pupils must complete work-related experience or an industry challenge. They should base this on real work and projects should be around 100 to 150 notional learning hours.

What's next?

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