Do you have a knack for numbers? Are you interested in shaping Scotland’s financial future? Study for a payroll apprenticeship and join a sector thats committed to improving the way money is processed for employees in Scottish businesses.  

The apprenticeship is geared towards anyone who is looking to increase their technical knowledge. Develop your understanding of auto-enrolment legislation and HMRC policies. Learn how to carry out insurance payments, tax deductions and calculate overtime payments. Discover how to use effective administration techniques and contribute to a busy office environment.   

Scotland’s payroll sector has a variety of jobs to choose from. Work as a payroll advisor and ensure employees get paid on time. Become a financial consultant and develop cost-effective strategies for different businesses. Apply your specialist skills as a data administrator and help to organise important company statistics.   

What's the qualification?

You will gain a qualification at SCQF level 6 in payroll administration. The qualification includes:  

  • Core units of aSVQ in payroll administration at SCQF level 6 
  • Work experience in a growing and fast-paced industry  

SCQF qualification levels explained

What will I learn?

During your apprenticeship, you'll learn how to:   

  • Determine gross pay 
  • Carry out the termination of employment 
  • Manage period end processing 
  • Carry out statutory and non-statutory reporting of payroll data  
  • Perform computerised payroll administration   

You will develop the following core skills:   

  • Numeracy  
  • Time management  
  • Problem-solving  
  • Communication  
  • Teamwork   

These transferrable skills are useful for working in other jobs such as data administration and human resources. 

Where could it take me?

This Modern Apprenticeship gives you a range of optionsContinue your studies with a technical apprenticeship in paralegal practice or go into full-time work. 

Further education: Increase your legal knowledge by applying for a bachelor’s degree in law. This could lead to a higher qualification like a Masters in law.   

Straight to work: Use your qualifications to find a job in the paralegal industry. There are several jobs listed below:

  • Family paralegal 
  • Personal injury solicitor 
  • Abuse paralegal 
  • Legal assistant 
  • Paralegal assistant 
  • Civil litigation solicitor 
  • Administration assistant

Entry requirements

There are no set requirements for this apprenticeship. But it is beneficial to have an interest in the law and a desire to improve your legal awareness.  


This Modern Apprenticeship will take 12-24 months to complete.  

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