Recruit an apprentice

Discover apprenticeships

Apprenticeships can secure the skills your business needs. As an employer, apprenticeships open up career opportunities for your current or future employees. We'll guide you to the information you need to get the most out of apprenticeships.

  • Attract the next generation of motivated workers

  • Develop your existing staff

  • Shape your workforce to meet the needs of tomorrow

  • Access information, guidance and support

  • Meet demands of a modern market

Find out about each apprenticeship


Foundation Apprenticeships

Secondary school pupils get work experience with you as part of their studies. A learning provider will train your apprentice and help them to do work projects.

About Foundation Apprenticeships

Modern Apprenticeships

New and existing employees will work towards an industry qualification. They'll bring new ideas, skills and vibrancy to your workplace. A learning provider will help train your apprentice.

About Modern Apprenticeships

Graduate Apprenticeships

Employees get valuable industry experience and work towards a degree. They spend most of their time working with you and the rest of their time studying. You'll improve productivity and fill skills gaps.

About Graduate Apprenticeships

More information about apprenticeships

Use our quick links to get the information you need.

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Ready to advertise a vacancy?

We've created a helpful guide for employers who would like to advertise a vacancy on There's a checklist and information about the steps to follow, including how to fill in the vacancy description.

View User Guide (PDF)

Advertise an apprenticeship vacancy now in our Employer account area. If you don't have an account with us already, it's quick and easy to register. You can keep track of your vacancies there.

Replying to job applicants

Some people might be applying for their first job, or it might be their dream role. So it's great if you can respond to all candidates - those who apply and those who make it to an interview.

It means you can give feedback and help them for next time - and it's a good look for your business, too!

Shape the future of apprenticeships

As an employer, would you like to help create high-quality apprenticeships? You will support employees to develop the skills that businesses need, now and in the future.

Take part by being a member in one of our apprenticeship development groups.

Learn about apprenticeship development

Young Person's Guarantee

The Young Person's Guarantee aims to connect every 16 to 24 year old in Scotland to an opportunity. Apprenticeships are a key part of this.

As an employer, there's never been a better time to engage with young people. This is a unique opportunity to develop the skills your business needs for the future.

Play your part in the Young Person's Guarantee

Mental health resources

Find advice, tips and practical planning tools for supporting your apprentices' mental health at work.

Access our mental health resource for employers

Fair Work is for everyone

All employees have the right to be treated fairly at work. The Fair Work Convention supports employers in Scotland to ensure every employee has a voice, opportunity, security, fulfilment and respect.

Find out how Fair Work supports employers

You have access to free expert advice

Feel free to send us a message or give us a call on 0800 783 6000. One of our specialist advisers can help you with any apprenticeship-related questions. You can also check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

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Supported by

These are some of the employers who endorse Scottish Apprenticeships.

  • Scottish Chamber of Commerce
  • CBI
  • fsb
  • CeeD
  • Inspiring Business Scotland
  • Scottish Council for Development and Industry
  • Scottish Engineering
  • Scottish Training Federation