Foundation Apprenticeship



This Foundation Apprenticeship introduces pupils to skills for a career in automotive. It teaches them about the car and transport industry and can prepare them for jobs such as:

  • motor vehicle technician

  • auto electrical technician

  • roadside assistance engineer

  • parts distribution operative

Part of the qualification is a Skills for Work award, which covers:

  • the car

  • the garage

  • the technician

  • vehicle modification

Apprenticeship framework(s)

Young people are assessed throughout their Automotive apprenticeship. Successful candidates will achieve a Foundation Apprenticeship (Group Award) in Automotive at SCQF Level 4.

SCQF qualification levels explained

Select Level 4 to see the framework document and qualification at that level.

Entry requirements

It's expected that pupils will have an interest in the sector. They don't need formal qualifications for entry.

The pupil would select a Foundation Apprenticeship as a school subject choice. Then they'd go through a recruitment process arranged by the college, or other learning provider. It's great if you can get involved, too.

Progression and development

Pupils develop skills to move from a Foundation Apprenticeship to a Modern Apprenticeship. They may decide to continue their education in school or at college.

If you're looking to hire, Foundation Apprenticeships help you spot talented pupils. You can assess their skills on a longer term than a regular interview process would allow.

How does it work?

Pupils from S3 to S6 can choose a Foundation Apprenticeship as one of their school subjects. 

During the apprenticeship pupils work together on a project to meet a brief from a real client. Employers, supported by learning professionals, will provide a series of planned interventions. These will support:  

  • design, delivery and evaluation of the project 

  • the learner’s understanding of the industry and the job roles in the sector

Cost and funding

There’s no financial cost to you as an employer because the learner is still at school. But investing your time can bring rewards, with access to talented young people in your workplace.

How long will it take?

It should take 1 year. Pupils study a Level 4/5 Foundation Apprenticeship as one of their school subjects, at S3 and up to S6.

What's next

Fill out our contact form and we'll connect you with your local learning provider who can talk to you about working with Foundation Apprenticeships.