Engineers bring ideas to life. They design, create, test and improve all sorts of products and processes. From James Watt’s steam engine to Andy Scott’s Kelpies, Scotland is great at engineering.
At the start of your engineering career, you can expect to earn around £30,000 per year. As you gain experience, your salary can rise to £70,000*. There are currently 9000 engineers working in Scotland.
This is a great time to start your engineering career as there's a huge demand for new talent. UK companies are actively looking to employ people with engineering skills.
It’s an industry offering careers in range of sectors including space, aviation, transport, medicine, technology and fashion. You could work in roles like:
You will not always be sitting at a desk. It's possible that you could be working in a laboratory, at sea, underground or a recording studio.
If you want to build a career in engineering, this Foundation Apprenticeship is for you. It's a unique opportunity to gain real workplace knowledge and experience. You will also get an industry-recognised qualification.
(*Salary ranges from National Careers Service)
Your Foundation Apprenticeship gives you lots of options: it’s up to you where you go next.
You’ll gain a Foundation Apprenticeship in Engineering. This is the same level of learning as an SQA Higher (SCQF level 6).
The topics you learn as part of your National Certificate will depend on the area of engineering you choose to study. These include:
To achieve your SVQ units, you’ll be assessed as part of your work placement. You’ll learn how to:
Your Foundation Apprenticeship will also help you to develop core skills valued by employers, particularly:
Your Foundation Apprenticeship will run alongside your other school subjects. You'll spend time working on projects supported by a learning provider, like a college, as well as an employer. It'll give you an industry recognised qualification which will look great on your CV.
If you're staying on at school, you can apply for a Foundation Apprenticeship.
You can use the search tool to find out if this subject is available at your school. Then just fill out the form to let us know you're interested and we'll get back to you with more information.