Foundation Apprenticeships

Work with S3-S6 pupils to help shape the next generation of talent


Support Scotland’s Foundation Apprentices

When you take on a Foundation Apprentice:

  • you'll work with a senior school student for 1 to 2 years

  • they're in the workplace 1 day a week

  • your existing staff can be coaches and mentors

  • you'll partner with a learning provider

  • you'll help young people gain recognised qualifications at SCQF Level 6

  • there are opportunities to help younger pupils gain a qualification at SCQF Level 4 or 5


Foundation Apprenticeships are ideal for employers because:

  • there’s no cost involved for your business

  • they help streamline your recruitment process

  • Skills Development Scotland gives you advice and guidance

  • new talent helps grow your business

Search for publications

You can find apprenticeship frameworks, programme conditions, specifications and more which you'll need as a learning provider or employer.

What Foundation Apprenticeships are available?

There are 15 types, or frameworks, of Foundation Apprenticeship. Some examples are:

Frequently asked questions

Got any questions about Foundation Apprenticeships? You might want to know:

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Get involved today

Which Foundation Apprenticeship would suit your business? Fill in our short form and we’ll help you get started.

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Employer guidance and support

We’ve created guidance to help you recruit and take on a Foundation Apprentice.

Contact us apprenticeships.scot 432 x 288

Want to chat to our team?

Contact our specialist advisers online or call our employer helpline on 0800 783 6000.