Foundation Apprenticeships work for your business

Source young talent early. Shape Scotland’s Young Workforce.

Work with motivated S5 and S6 school pupils

Develop your staff as mentors to inspire the next generation

Fast-track your skills and talent development

Build strong links with education and get ahead of your peers

Gain new skills and fresh thinking with access to a talent pipeline

How it works

Help pupils gain an industry-recognised qualification that is the same level as a Higher, while they're still at school.

Foundation Apprenticeships are designed by employers, with industry led training to meet your specific sector’s needs. As your apprentice is still in school, there are no direct costs to you as an employer.

We’ll find motivated school pupils and set them up with a learning provider. You'll offer them a valuable work placement and we'll support you every step of the way.

It's easy for all kinds of businesses to get involved with Foundation Apprentices. Tell us about you, and we'll do the rest.

The details you give us will help us to set you up with the best Foundation Apprenticeship for your business. We'll pass these on to learning providers in your area, so they can get back to you with more information about how to get involved.

What your apprentice will learn

Foundation Apprenticeships have been developed for 12 of Scotland’s growth industries.


Find out how they support your sector through the skills they develop.

Read about the 12 types of Foundation Apprenticeship

Your questions answered

What does the work placement involve? How are pupils matched to employer placement? Are there any costs? What is expected of me as an employer?

Find the answers to these questions and more in our Employer FAQs.

Find out more in our FAQs

Or why not take on a Modern or Graduate Apprentice?

Find an apprenticeship for your business

Want to chat through your options? Have more questions?

Call our employer helpline

0800 783 6000