Foundation Apprenticeships

Find your future employees early

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

  • Get early access to future talent 

  • No direct costs to you as an employer

  • Fast-track talent development in your business 

  • Grow your business with the skills you need 

  • Develop your staff as coaches and mentors 

Find out more about Level 6 Foundation Apprenticeships.

Find out more about Brechin High's experience on the pilot for Level 4/5 Foundation Apprenticeships.

Available sectors at Level 6

Frameworks for Foundation Apprenticeships have been developed for 15 of Scotland’s growth industries



Pupils learn how your business keeps track of your money, manages tax and grows profits.


Business Skills

Pupils learn what makes your company successful. They learn about managing people, projects and strategy.


Civil Engineering

As you build our future environment you give pupils an introduction to site surveying, CAD and health and safety for the construction industry.


Creative and Digital Media

Pupils discover how to communicate creatively across digital and social media channels on marketing campaigns.



Pupils work with you to find new and better ways to do things. Learning to interpret engineering data and develop problem solving skills.


Financial Services

From compliance and regulatory frameworks to building positive customer relationships, pupils will learn how to work within a financial services environment.


Food and Drink Technologies

It might be a focus on new product development or improving food safety. Pupils work to understand the scientific and creative thinking in food technology.


Hardware and System Support

Supporting the future of tech support. Pupils work with you to learn systems, hardware and telecoms operational support.


Scientific Technologies

Our biggest advancements start out in a lab. Pupils learn your health and safety procedures within a lab, how to prepare compounds and carry out tests.


Social Services Children and Young People

Pupils learn how to support the safeguarding of children, effective communication and how to make sure every child gets the best start in life.


Social Services and Healthcare

Pupils learn how to support the safeguarding of individuals, effective communication and develop an understanding of social services practice.


Software Development

Gaming, virtual reality, cyber security - the digital world is changing fast. Pupils work with you to understand development, customer requirements, data modelling.

Get involved today

It's easy for your business to get involved. 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.

Support for employers delivering apprenticeships

We want to encourage you to get involved in the development and delivery of your apprentice’s learning.

We've created guidance to help you deliver more successful apprenticeships and increase the benefit to your organisation.

Support for employers

Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for employers 

If you're an employer who supports Foundation Apprentices, please keep in regular contact with your learning provider for advice on delivery and support. The learning provider is the college, university or other provider who works with you to deliver the apprenticeship.

You can also read read our COVID-19 FAQs for regular updates.

You're in good company

From sole-traders to global enterprise many of Scotland's top companies are already seeing the benefits of Foundation Apprenticeships

Still got questions?

Read our FAQs

Want to chat about your options?

Call our employer helpline

0800 783 6000

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

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