Foundation Apprenticeships

Spot talented, motivated school pupils who could become your future employees

Get involved with Foundation Apprenticeships and you’ll get access to future talent, by providing school pupils with real experience of the world of work, helping them achieve an industry recognised qualification.

  • Get early access to future talent 

  • Fast track talent development in your business 

  • Grow your business with the skills you need 

  • Build strong links with education 

  • Help Develop Scotland’s young workforce 

  • Provide mentoring development opportunities for your existing staff 

Find a Foundation Apprenticeship

There are twelve frameworks available, ranging from Business Skills to Engineering. Find the Foundation Apprenticeship to suit your business.

Search for Foundation Apprenticeships

Success stories

Foundation Apprentices have only been around for a couple of years, but employers like you are already seeing the benefits of bringing them in to their business. Here's what a few of them had to say.

Scottish Water

Craig Jackson

'I feel we've really made a difference to some of the young people who have come into the FA programme. We've seen them change and develop lots of skills for the world of work.'

Craigie House care home

Angela Smith

‘It's a way of actually shaping the training of the young people of the future.’


Graeme Cairns

'FAs have developed our own staff as they have been mentors. This gives them experience in coaching and it's something they can use if they want to go into management' 

Get in touch

Want to get involved in Foundation Apprenticeships? We can help. Our experts offer advice and support to help you get started.

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Skills Development Scotland is delivering Foundation Apprenticeships with support from the European Social Fund

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