Scottish Apprenticeships


There are over 100 types of apprenticeship available across Foundation, Modern and Graduate Apprenticeships, ranging from construction to digital media. Search by job role or type to find the one which best suits your needs.

Scottish Apprenticeships are available at every SCQF level, from levels 5 - 6 (the equivalent of National 5s and Highers) up to Master’s Degree at SCQF level 11, and Professional Apprenticeships at SCQF level 12.

The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework table explains more about qualification levels, to help you understand more and find the right apprenticeship for your employee.

Who delivers the training?

You’ll work with a learning provider to deliver the training aspect of the apprenticeship.  

There are hundreds of approved, contracted providers across Scotland, including colleges, universities and other private learning providers. We work closely with all of them to ensure they’re delivering quality training and achieving the best results.  

Use our search tool to find an approved learning provider to deliver your apprenticeship.

How long will an apprenticeship take to complete? 

The duration of an apprenticeship will depend on the level and the type of training.  

Some types of apprenticeships, for example those in construction or accountancy, can take approximately four years to complete, while others can be completed in less than a year.  

With apprenticeships, it’s possible for your employees to progress between levels – for example, if your apprentice has completed a Foundation Apprenticeship, they will have achieved elements of the Modern Apprenticeship in the same subject area.  

Similarly, your apprentice may be able to gain accelerated entry to the Graduate Apprenticeship programme, depending on their prior learning, experience or if they have completed a related Modern or Foundation Apprenticeship.