Foundation Apprenticeships

Shape the next generation of talent

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 

What your apprentice will learn

Foundation Apprenticeships have been developed for 12 of Scotland’s growth industries.

Find out how they support your sector through the skills they develop.

Read about the 12 types of Foundation Apprenticeship available

Got a question?

What does the work placement involve? How are pupils matched to employer placement? Are there any costs? What is expected of me as an employer?

Find the answers to these questions and more in our Employer FAQs.

Employer FAQs

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' 

It's easy to get involved

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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