Decide if this is the right framework for you, then...


This Technical Apprenticeship helps employers raise their productivity, by helping staff develop the ability to lead projects, processes and people. Candidates may have already completed an Engineering Modern Apprenticeship or could be new employees from college or university. There are three pathways to qualification, allowing employers to select the units that will be most relevant to the role.

The qualification

SCQF level 8

Your employee will complete an SCQF level 8 qualification in one of:

  • Business Improvement Techniques (Process Improvement)
  • Business Improvement Techniques (Quality Improvement)
  • Engineering Manufacturing
Entry requirements

There are no specific criteria for entry to this Technical Apprenticeship, though candidates who have completed the Engineering Modern Apprenticeship or a similar qualification are more like to have the skills, knowledge and competence to complete the course effectively.

Progression and development

Once they complete their apprenticeship, candidates could help improve productivity and increase the competitiveness of their employer. There are also routes for employees to achieve higher qualifications. These might include:

  • Full-time study at college or university
  • A technical or professional apprenticeship at a higher level
  • An apprenticeship at the same level in an engineering specialism

SCQF qualification levels explained

Download the framework document

How is it funded?

We contribute towards training costs

We do this by paying the learning provider directly in incremental payments throughout the course of the apprenticeship.

See training contribution calculator below to determine funding contribution for this framework.

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees who are aged 16 – 19. For those who are disabled and care-experienced, this is extended up to and including age 29.

Speak to a range of learning providers to find the best deal and agree on a flexible approach to meet the needs of your business.

Who pays the apprentice?

Like any other employee of your business, you’ll pay the Modern Apprentice's wages. This is not set by SDS, but we do encourage all employers to pay the living wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

Time to complete

It will take around 4 years to complete.

Decide if this is the right framework for you, then...

Sound right for your business?

The next step is to find a learning provider that offers this apprenticeship.

Find a learning provider

Need a little more information or advice?

Call our advisers to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships. 

0800 783 6000