Scottish Apprenticeships


Levels of funding vary from across different apprenticeships – use the information below to find out what funding will be available to you.  


Modern Apprenticeships

We’ll contribute towards the costs of training and assessing apprentices, and pay this contribution directly to the learning provider you’ve chosen to deliver the apprenticeship. 

The level of our contribution depends on the apprenticeship type, the qualification level and the age of the apprentice. We make enhanced funding contributions for those who are disabled and care-experienced, up to and including age 29.  

In some cases, we’ll pay our funding contribution directly to you. This will only occur if you’re able to deliver the apprenticeship internally – you’ll need to have experience with apprentices already and a direct contract with Skills Development Scotland. You’ll still have the option to seek support from a learning provider in this scenario, and will need to pay them for their contribution to delivering the apprenticeship as appropriate. 

Learning providers may ask for an additional contribution to fund the type of apprenticeship you’re getting involved in – explore more than one option to find the best fit for your business. Your apprentice will be paid as normal for the job they’re doing – this amount is not set by us, and must be at least the National Minimum Wage.  

Learn more about Modern Apprenticeship funding


Foundation Apprenticeships 

If you support Foundation Apprenticeships, there’s no cost to you as the apprentice is still at school.


Graduate Apprenticeships

Graduate Apprentice learning costs are now funded by Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). Funding covers the full duration of the programme. Graduate Apprentices will apply directly to SAAS for their funding. 

We've produced this guide for employers about SAAS funding for Graduate Apprenticeships.  

If you need any further information, visit the SAAS website.  


Additional funding incentives

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.

Employer Recruitment Incentives (ERI) are available to help people who find it harder to get a job. These incentives are part of the Young Person's Guarantee and the No-One Left Behind policy. This funding is to offer employment, training, education or volunteering.

For further information about ERIs and other support, contact your Local Partnerships Lead.