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 always looking to employ people with engineering skills.
There are careers in many sectors including space, aviation, transport, medicine and fashion. You could work in roles such as:
You will not always be sitting at a desk. You might work 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'll also get an industry-recognised qualification.
(*Salary ranges from National Careers Service)
Your Foundation Apprenticeship gives you lots of options, including:
You’ll gain a Foundation Apprenticeship in Engineering. This is the same level of learning as an SQA Higher, which is SCQF Level 6.
The topics you learn as part of your National Certificate depends on the area of engineering you 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 meta-skills. Employers value these skills, which include:
You'll need these transferable skills for working in a range of other related jobs.
You'll do the Foundation Apprenticeship alongside your other school subjects. You'll work on projects with an employer and a learning provider, such as a college. It'll give you an industry-recognised qualification that's great for your CV.
Read our brilliant info on the Engineering Foundation Apprenticeship to see how it all works!
If you're staying on at school, you can apply for a Foundation Apprenticeship.
Use the search tool to find out if this subject is available at your school. Then fill out the form that comes next, to let us know you're interested. We'll get back to you with more information.