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Frequently asked questions - learning providers

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We've pulled frequently asked questions about using the site together in one handy place.

What sort of apprentice training does Skills Development Scotland provide funding for?

We support training for various age groups that leads to recognised qualifications that are approved Modern Apprenticeship frameworks. The training covers a range of skills and industry sectors. Modern Apprenticeship Frameworks define the qualifications and their required levels.

Is the level of funding support provided by Skills Development Scotland the same for all MAs?

No, it depends on the age of the apprentice, the framework being undertaken and the framework level.

Find out about Modern Apprenticeship contribution levels in 2018-19.

How will I know if you reject an MA vacancy I post on your site?

We rarely decline a vacancy, but if this happens we’ll send an email to the address we have registered for your business. If you don’t see it in your inbox, check your spam or junk folder.

A vacancy might be rejected simply because it doesn’t qualify under the MA rules. If we have any doubts or concerns, we’ll always phone you to clarify these issues before making a decision. The email will include our reasons for declining.

You can also log in to your Apprenticeships.scot dashboard where you’ll be able to find the status of all of your vacancies. Any that have been declined will be clearly marked with a triangle and exclamation mark. You’ll be able to upload and re-submit the vacancy if any errors caused it to be declined.

How can I make sure a potential MA is right for the role?

It’s bad for everyone if an MA starts their apprenticeship, then leaves shortly after because the training isn’t suitable for them or they’re not committed to the role. That’s one reason why all MAs must have an initial assessment, normally within their first two weeks of starting.

If you’re concerned, you can arrange for an extended assessment period with the employer during the months before they start the MA. This gives you, the employer and the trainee time to decide if this apprenticeship is the right choice.

During this extended period the employer must pay the potential MA at least the National Minimum Wage as they’re not eligible for the apprenticeship rate at this stage.

Where can I advertise my vacancies?

You can advertise a Modern Apprenticeship vacancy on our website – it’s completely free.


Can I submit one MA job ad to cover multiple positions?

Yes, if the positions are all for the same role and at the same location, you can treat it as one vacancy. Remember to state the number of positions in your ad.

Can I submit one MA job ad for multiple positions in different locations?

No. Even if the role is exactly the same, you have to upload a new vacancy for each location. However, you can clone the first vacancy and use it for any others – just remember to change the location each time.

Why was the job title changed on an MA job ad I posted?

To help candidates find your opportunity and understand what’s expected of them, we sometimes change a job title in the search results. However, the actual job title of your vacancy won’t change.

Can I add a vacancy without saying who the employer is?

You need to include the employer details when you upload the vacancy. If you choose, you can hide the employer’s information in the ad. However, we don’t recommend hiding the employer’s name; it’s helpful if MAs know as much as possible about the job they’re applying for.

I want to upload my logo. What type of file do you accept?

We can accept png and jpeg files. The logo dimensions should be a minimum of 300 pixels wide and 300 pixels high and the file size shouldn’t exceed 500Kb.

Can I bulk upload multiple vacancies?

There’s no bulk upload facility. However, it’s easy to clone vacancies – this is a good way to speed things up when you have lots of vacancies to upload.

What next?

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