Foundation Apprenticeship



This Foundation Apprenticeship introduces pupils to skills needed for a career in construction.

There's a broad range of opportunities for apprentices in construction. You can support the next generation to shape and build the world, whether on a building site or at a drawing board. And because there's a demand for construction professionals, your business can help fill the skills gap.

Part of the qualification is a National Progression Award. It covers a variety of units and may include:

  • built environment

  • 3D modelling

  • carpentry and bench joinery

  • painting and decorating

Apprenticeship framework(s)

Young people are assessed throughout their Construction apprenticeship. Successful candidates will achieve a Foundation Apprenticeship (Group Award) in Construction, at SCQF Level 4 or Level 5.

SCQF qualification levels explained

Select each level 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 will get the skills to move from a Foundation Apprenticeship to a Modern Apprenticeship. They may decide to continue their education in school or at college.

Looking to hire? The Foundation Apprenticeship helps you spot talented pupils and assess their skills. You can do this on a longer term than a regular interview process allows.

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.