Scottish Apprenticeships


We help cover the cost of training

For Modern Apprenticeships, we contribute towards the cost of training and assessing apprentices. The total amount we pay depends on the type of apprenticeship, the qualification level and the age of the apprentice. For those who are disabled and care-experienced, there's an enhanced funding contribution up to and including age 29. 

We pay the learning provider

When you select a learning provider to carry out the training, we’ll make contribution payments directly to them as your apprentice progresses through their apprenticeship.

Or we can pay straight to you

If you have a direct contract with Skills Development Scotland and experience with apprenticeships, you can deliver the apprenticeship internally. We’ll send contribution payments directly to you as your apprentice works towards their apprenticeship.

You still have the option to seek support from a chosen learning provider if there’s a part of the apprenticeship you can’t deliver internally, but you must then pay the learning provider.

Find out how much we contribute 

Our contribution table shows how much we pay towards the cost of training for every apprenticeship. Use this table and then talk to different learning providers to discuss their training costs. .

If training costs are higher than our contribution 

Depending on the apprenticeship and the type of training being delivered, a learning provider might ask you to contribute to additional costs. Make sure you talk to more than one learning provider . 

Paying your apprentices 

An apprenticeship is a job and like any of your employees, you’ll pay an apprentice’s wage. The amount isn’t set by us but we do encourage you to pay the living wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

What about the apprenticeship levy?

From April 2017, all UK employers with annual salary bills of more than £3 million will pay an apprenticeship levy.  Read more information about how it might affect your business.


If you support Foundation Apprenticeships 

Then there’s no cost to you as the apprentice is still at school.

Funding a Graduate Apprenticeship 

We fully fund the learning costs for the duration of a graduate apprenticeship and it’s paid directly to the college or university. As a graduate apprenticeship is an employee, you’ll pay their salary.


Find out about additional funding incentives

Apprenticeship Employer Grant - Financial support when taking on an apprentice within your business.

Adopt an Apprentice - If you can take on an apprentice who's been made redundant, there's a financial incentive for your business.

Access to Work - This publicly funded employment support programme aims to help disabled people start or stay in work. It provides practical and financial support for individuals with a disability or long-term physical or mental health condition. Funding can cover costs for things such as additional equipment, software or taxis to and from work.

The Big Plus - This free service puts you in touch with a local tutor to support your employee to build confidence and skills with reading, writing and using numbers.

As part of the Young Person's Guarantee and to support the Scottish Government's No-One Left Behind policy, employer recruitment incentives (ERIs) to help people prepare for employment, training, education and/or volunteering have been agreed between the Scottish Government and local authorities.

For further information regarding ERIs and other types of support available for employers and young people please contact your Local Partnerships lead.

There’s also in-work support

The Open Doors Consortium offers additional support packages to young people if it’s needed to sustain their employment. Those who are eligible include young people with disabilities, those from minority ethnic backgrounds and those who have experience of care.