Foundation Apprenticeships

Kick-start careers and develop your employee pipeline

Foundation apprenticeships provide senior school pupils with real experience of the world of work. You’ll benefit from the input of young, enthusiastic minds – while helping them achieve an industry-recognised qualification and developing your existing workforce.

  • Develop existing staff as coaches and mentors  

  • No cost involved for your business 

  • Fast-track talent development with support from us 

  • Grow your business while supporting young people 

  • Streamline your recruitment process 

Find out more about Level 6 Foundation Apprenticeships

Available sectors at Level 6

Foundation Apprenticeships have been developed and successfully implemented 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.

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

Get involved today

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

We’ve created guidance to help you maximise the benefits of a Foundation Apprentice to your business.

Support with Foundation Apprenticeships

You're in good company

From sole-traders to global enterprises, many of Scotland's top companies are already experiencing the benefits of hiring a Foundation Apprentice.

Got any questions?

Our frequently asked questions can help

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Want to chat about your options?

Call our employer helpline

0800 783 6000

Foundation Apprenticeships at SCQF Levels 4 and 5

Find out more about Foundation Apprenticeships at SCQF Levels 4 and 5 or email if you have any questions.

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

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