Social Services: Children and Young People

Foundation Apprenticeship


What's Social Services (Children and Young People) like?

Every child deserves the best start in life so they grow up to be happy, healthy and confident. You can help make sure this happens - and a Foundation Apprenticeship is a great place to start.

You'd look after young children, support them and their families and do fun activities. Typical roles could include:

  • social worker

  • nanny

  • nursery worker

  • childminder

  • playworker

In Scotland, over 176,000* people work in social care and there are great opportunities for progression.


*Sector Skills Assessment 2022

early education childcare framework 432 x 288

Entry requirements

If you're staying on at school, you can apply for a Foundation Apprenticeship.

How does it work?

You'll do the Foundation Apprenticeship alongside your other school subjects. You'll work on projects with an employer and a learning provider, such as a college. It'll give you an industry-recognised qualification that's great for your CV.

Read our brilliant info on the Social Services (Children and Young People) Foundation Apprenticeship to see how it all works!

How long will it take?

You'll do your Foundation Apprenticeship over 1 or 2 years starting in S5 or S6. You'll usually do a work placement of about 1 day a week.

How to apply

If you're staying on at school, you can apply for a Foundation Apprenticeship.

Use the search tool to find out if this subject is available at your school. Then fill out the form that comes next, to let us know you're interested. We'll get back to you with more information.