Your questions answered

Current apprentices

If you are in the process of completing an apprenticeship and you can't find the answer to your question in the list below, please speak to your employer or learning provider.

Current Foundation Apprentices

I am feeling stressed or anxious - where can I find support?

We have developed a resource to support you and your mental wellbeing, in partnership with Scottish mental health charity Penumbra. The resource covers a wide range of topics and offers links to lots of organisations who offer expert advice and help. Check out our Mental health resource for apprentices 

When will I receive the results of my Foundation Apprenticeship? 

Foundation Apprenticeship certificates will be issued by SQA. Your certificate of achievement record will include your FA achievement. If your certificate does not include your FA please contact your Learning Provider directly.

There are results missing from my Foundation Apprenticeship certificate. What should I do?

Please contact your learning provider directly to discuss this further. All results are submitted to SQA by the school or learning provider where you undertook the qualification.

What should I do if I didn't receive the exam or assessment results I expected?

If you didn't get the results you were expecting, please contact your school or learning provider as soon as possible.


If you are still in school you can also speak to your school's careers adviser. If you have already left school, you can speak to a SDS adviser by calling 0800 917 8000. Our helpline is open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. If you'd rather speak to someone in person, some of our career centres are now open by appointment only. Call your local centre to make an appointment. 

What if I do not complete my full Foundation Apprenticeship?

If you haven't completed the full Foundation Apprenticeship, you will still get a certificate of achievement from SQA. This will confirm all elements that you have achieved from taking the Foundation Apprenticeship. You can add these to your CV to demonstrate the knowledge, understanding and skills that you have gained. 

If I complete my Foundation Apprenticeship at a later date can I get an updated certificate of achievement from the SQA?

Yes, if your provider gives us evidence that you have completed your Foundation Apprenticeship at a later date you will receive your certificate of achievement at that time.

I’m not happy with my training. Who should I speak to? 

Talk to your employer and explain what you think is wrong with your training. It’s in their interest to make sure you’re getting the right training. You can also speak directly to your learning provider to let them know your concerns. 

How can I save on bus and train fares?

If you are aged 11 to 26, you can use a Young Scot card, which offers discounts, including cheaper bus and train fares until your 19th birthday. You can apply on the Young Scot website.


Young people aged 5 to 21 will also be able to access the new free bus scheme in January 2022 using the National Entitlement Card (NEC) or Young Scot branded NEC. Please check the Transport Scotland website for updates.

I think I have been discriminated against by my employer - what can I do?

We have information about your rights at work, including about discrimination, on our sister site My World of Work. We'd recommend reading these and using the links to organisations who can help, such as Citizens Advice Bureau. 

Current Modern Apprentices

I am feeling stressed or anxious - where can I find support?

We have developed a resource to support you and your mental wellbeing, in partnership with Scottish mental health charity Penumbra. The resource covers a wide range of topics and offers links to lots of organisations who offer expert advice and help. Check out our Mental health resource for apprentices 

Am I allowed time away from work to study for my Modern Apprenticeship? 

Yes, you're allowed time away from your workplace (e.g. the office, workshop, shop, home office etc) to study. You should speak to your learning provider who will be able to itell you about all training that takes place at or away from your workplace, for example at college. The time you spend in apprenticeship training that's not in your workplace (including the time needed to prepare and undertake assessments) is considered as time spent at work.

How long will my Modern Apprenticeship take? 

This depends on the type and level of apprenticeship you are completing as well as your own experience. You should speak to your learning provider who should be able to give you an estimated timeframe for achieving your apprenticeship.

When I finish my Modern Apprenticeship, can I do one at a higher level? 

Yes, however there are a few things you and your employer need to consider. Will your job role change to support the move to a higher-level apprenticeship? Are you personally ready to take that next step? Is your existing or new employer prepared to support you through another apprenticeship? These are just some of the things you and your employer need to chat through. 

Can I go from a Foundation or Modern Apprenticeship to a Graduate Apprenticeship?

Yes. If you've completed a Foundation Apprenticeship or Modern Apprenticeship in the same subject, you can apply to become a Graduate Apprentice studying the same subject, if there are vacancies and you meet the entry requirements.


The Graduate Apprenticeship is designed so that you will not repeat previous learning. The employer and university will ensure that you join the programme at the right level, recognising any prior learning you've done. Search current apprenticeship vacancies

If I move employer can I still carry on with my Modern Apprenticeship? 

That’s up to your new employer, so the best thing is to ask them before you decide to move. Your learning provider might be able to help you explore your options with your new employer so it's a good idea to chat to them, too. 

Do I need to pay for my training or any personal protective equipment I need to do my job? 

No.Your employer has to pay for your training and provide you with personal protective equipment. If that’s not happening, speak to your learning provider. 

Does the Modern Apprenticeship programme cover the costs of my travel to work? 

No, you’ll be expected to cover your own travel costs, just like other employees. 

I travel to college every week. Can I claim my travel expenses? 

Not usually – travel expenses to college aren’t covered by the Modern Apprentice. However, your employer may be prepared to pay some or all of your college travel expenses. Ask your employer or learning provider when you meet them. 

How can I save on bus and train fares?

If you are aged 11 to 26, you can use a Young Scot card, which offers discounts, including cheaper bus and train fares until your 19th birthday. You can apply on the Young Scot website.


Young people aged 5 to 21 will also be able to access the new free bus scheme in January 2022 using the National Entitlement Card (NEC) or Young Scot branded NEC. Please check the Transport Scotland website for updates.

What holidays do I get as a Modern Apprentice? 

Every worker in the UK is entitled to a minimum number of paid holidays. You are entitled to 5.6 weeks (28 days if you work five days a week) of paid leave per year. Your employer can choose to include public holidays in this total. Find out more about your rights, including paid leave, on the My World of Work website.

Do I need to use my holiday allowance when my employer tells me to?

Yes, employers do have the right to tell you when to take your annual leave if they need to. For example, if your workplace closes for a week, they can tell everyone to use their holiday entitlement.

What happens if I have to put my studies on hold for a while?

There could be several reasons why you have to put your studies on hold for a while, such as ill health. You may be able to do this for up to 12 months. However, if the suspension is any longer than 12 months, your learning provider will need to re-register you as part of a new cohort. You may be eligible for accelerated entry back into the programme based on the level of learning you reached before. If you need to put your studies on hold, the first thing to do is speak to your learning provider and they will be able to advise you.

I’m not happy with my training. Who should I speak to? 

Talk to your employer and explain what you think is wrong with your training. It’s in their interest to make sure you’re getting the right training. You can also speak directly to your learning provider to let them know your concerns. 

How do I contact a careers adviser?

Careers advisers are over the phone or online and some Skills Development Scotland career advice centres have now reopened. You can also phone 0800 917 8000 to be put in touch with your local Skills Development Scotland team or visit My World of Work for more information on finding a careers adviser near you.

I think I have been discriminated against by my employer - what can I do?

We have information about your rights at work, including about discrimination, on our sister site My World of Work. We'd recommend reading these and using the links to organisations who can help, such as Citizens Advice Bureau. 

I’m an apprentice and have been made redundant. What do I do?

If you have been made redundant, please notify your training provider as soon as possible so that we can put support in place and implement the redundancy processes.


Here are some ways that Skills Development Scotland (SDS) can support you:
- Apprentice Transition Plan - If you're an apprentice who has been made redundant or unemployed as a result of COVID-19 the Apprentice Transition Plan service can help you find new work or move to further learning.
- Adopt an Apprentice - We also provide support through the Adopt an Apprentice scheme, which can help find new employment for apprentices with other employers that are able to support.
- Career Information, Advice and Guidance (CIAG) - Skills Development Scotland's CIAG colleagues offer all-age career guidance service. Individuals can contact their local SDS team or visit myworldofwork.co.uk.   
- Online Learning Portal - SDS has introduced an Online Learning Portal in response to COVID-19, connecting people with thousands of free-to-access online learning materials. Working closely with learning providers, additional resources will be added in the coming weeks and months. 
- PACE - The Scottish Government’s Partnership for Continuing Employment (PACE) is a well-established service to support individuals and employers dealing with redundancy. To find out more, please visit the PACE website redundancyscotland.co.uk or call 0800 917 8000. 

I’m being paid less than the National Minimum Wage. What should I do? 

You should speak to your employer and tell them you think you should be getting paid more. You can ask them to explain how they calculated your pay. Remember, if they’ve been underpaying you, they’ll have to make up the difference, too. You can find out more about your rights, including pay, on our sister site My World of Work 

Current Graduate Apprentices

I am feeling stressed or anxious - where can I find support?

We have developed a resource to support you and your mental wellbeing, in partnership with Scottish mental health charity Penumbra. The resource covers a wide range of topics and offers links to lots of organisations who offer expert advice and help. Check out our Mental health resource for apprentices 

 Do I have to apply for funding from Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) to cover tuition fees in my Graduate Apprenticeship?

Yes, you will have to apply to Student Awards Agency Scotland annually for each year of your course for tuition fees, which will be paid directly by SAAS to the university you attend. For more information on funding for Graduate Apprenticeships, please visit the SAAS website.

How can I save on bus and train fares?

If you are aged 11 to 26, you can use a Young Scot card, which offers discounts, including cheaper bus and train fares until your 19th birthday. You can apply on the Young Scot website.


Young people aged 5 to 21 will also be able to access the new free bus scheme in January 2022 using the National Entitlement Card (NEC) or Young Scot branded NEC. Please check the Transport Scotland website for updates.

Do I need to use my holiday allowance when my employer tells me to?

Yes, employers do have the right to tell you when to take your annual leave if they need to. For example, if your workplace closes for a week, they can tell everyone to use their holiday entitlement.

What happens if I have to put my studies on hold for a while?

There could be several reasons why you have to put your studies on hold for a while, such as ill health. You may be able to do this for up to 12 months. However, if the suspension is any longer than 12 months, your learning provider will need to re-register you as part of a new cohort. You may be eligible for accelerated entry back into the programme based on the level of learning you reached before. If you need to put your studies on hold, the first thing to do is speak to your learning provider and they will be able to advise you.

What happens if I am unable to meet the academic demands of the course?

If your academic work doesn't meet the required standard, you'll be offered resits in line with the university or college policy. If you are not successful in resits, you'll be offered an award at the last achievement level (for example an Ordinary Degree, Diploma of Higher Education, or Certificate of Higher Education).

What happens if my employer terminates my employment before I complete my Graduate Apprenticeship?

If your employer can no longer keep you in employment, you'll have the option to continue your apprenticeship with another employer, where available, or to join a related course with the university or college who is delivering your learning. Skills Development Scotland will be involved to provide support.

How do I contact a careers adviser?

Careers advisers are over the phone or online and some Skills Development Scotland career advice centres have now reopened. You can also phone 0800 917 8000 to be put in touch with your local Skills Development Scotland team or visit My World of Work for more information on finding a careers adviser near you.

I think I have been discriminated against by my employer - what can I do?

We have information about your rights at work, including about discrimination, on our sister site My World of Work. We'd recommend reading these and using the links to organisations who can help, such as Citizens Advice Bureau. 

I’m an apprentice and have been made redundant. What do I do?

If you have been made redundant, please notify your training provider as soon as possible so that we can put support in place and implement the redundancy processes.


Here are some ways that Skills Development Scotland (SDS) can support you:
- Apprentice Transition Plan - If you're an apprentice who has been made redundant or unemployed as a result of COVID-19 the Apprentice Transition Plan service can help you find new work or move to further learning.
- Adopt an Apprentice - We also provide support through the Adopt an Apprentice scheme, which can help find new employment for apprentices with other employers that are able to support.
- Career Information, Advice and Guidance (CIAG) - Skills Development Scotland's CIAG colleagues offer all-age career guidance service. Individuals can contact their local SDS team or visit myworldofwork.co.uk.   
- Online Learning Portal - SDS has introduced an Online Learning Portal in response to COVID-19, connecting people with thousands of free-to-access online learning materials. Working closely with learning providers, additional resources will be added in the coming weeks and months. 
- PACE - The Scottish Government’s Partnership for Continuing Employment (PACE) is a well-established service to support individuals and employers dealing with redundancy. To find out more, please visit the PACE website redundancyscotland.co.uk or call 0800 917 8000. 

I’m being paid less than the National Minimum Wage. What should I do? 

You should speak to your employer and tell them you think you should be getting paid more. You can ask them to explain how they calculated your pay. Remember, if they’ve been underpaying you, they’ll have to make up the difference, too. You can find out more about your rights, including pay, on our sister site My World of Work 

Potential apprentices

If you are considering applying for an apprenticeship and can't find answers to your questions here, our advisers are available to help. You can speak to one of our adviser's by calling 0800 917 8000.

Potential Foundation Apprentices

What is a Foundation Apprenticeship?

A Foundation Apprenticeship is an apprenticeship designed for young people at school. They allow young people to benefit from work-based learning while still at school. They take either one or two years to complete and learners can choose them as a subject in S5 or S6. Learners can also take a Foundation Apprenticeships in S3 and S4, in some subjects. You'll get a head start in your career, gain a vocational qualification and work experience alongside your other school subjects. 


Find out more about Foundation Apprenticeships.

What are the benefits of a Foundation Apprenticeship for me?

Foundation Apprenticeships give you the knowledge, skills and experience to prepare you for the world of work. They help to broaden your options when you leave school. You can also gain confidence from learning new skills and meeting new people.

How do I apply for a Foundation Apprenticeship? 

 If you're interested in a Foundation Apprenticeship, there are a few simple ways to apply. You can fill in the short form on our Foundation Apprenticeships page. When you do this, it will be followed up by learning providers, schools and local authorities. You can also speak to your guidance teacher and school careers adviser to get help with anything about Foundation Apprenticeships. You can also apply directly to the local Learning Provider. 

What will my Foundation Apprenticeship be like? Will it include face to face and online/ remote learning?

We aim for every Foundation Apprenticeship to be delivered using a mix of face-to-face and online / remote learning activities. Your school and learning provider will guide you through a detailed outline of the course requirements and how these will be delivered. This will be tailored to meet your needs with a personalised learning agreement. 

How do I contact a careers adviser?

Careers advisers are over the phone or online and some Skills Development Scotland career advice centres have now reopened. You can also phone 0800 917 8000 to be put in touch with your local Skills Development Scotland team or visit My World of Work for more information on finding a careers adviser near you.

Potential Modern Apprentices

What is a Modern Apprenticeship?

A Modern Apprenticeship allows people to gain a qualification while in a job. You'll gain the necessary on the job skills and knowledge through your employment while also working with a training provider to achieve an accredited qualification.


Find out more about Modern Apprenticeships.

What are the benefits of a Modern Apprenticeship for me?

Modern Apprenticeships allow you to gain real-world working experience that puts your skills to the test straight away whilst also achieving an accredited qualification that has been designed with employers and industry in mind. An MA give you the tools that employers are looking for and you'll gain confidence from learning new skills and meeting new people.

Am I eligible to do a Modern Apprenticeship?

There is different eligibility criteria for each Modern Apprenticeship. If you are interested in applying for a Modern Apprenticeship and want to know if you're eligible, you should speak to a Careers Adviser or the learning provider.  

How do I become an Modern Apprentice? 

To start a Modern Apprenticeship, you can browse our vacancy search to see if there are any apprenticeships that suit you. You can also speak to your Careers Adviser or learning provider to find out more. Find out more about being a Modern Apprentice here

I want to do a Modern Apprenticeship. How do I find out what's available? 

There are hundreds of jobs that are suitable for Modern Apprenticeships. You’ll find lots of them advertised on this website. Use the search to find them by keyword, industry type or location. 

 When will vacancies be posted?

Apprenticeship vacancies are advertised throughout the year. We update the vacancy search page with new vacancies when they're available, so please keep checking back.

What happens when I start a Modern Apprenticeship? How will I know if it’s right for me? 

Your provider will keep in touch with you throughout the process of applying and starting your apprenticeship. At the start of your apprenticeship, they will carry out an initial assessment to ensure the training delivered is tailored to you.

How are Modern Apprenticeships funded?

For Modern Apprenticeships, Skills Development Scotland contributes towards the cost of training and assessing apprentices. The total amount we pay depends on the type of apprenticeship, the qualification level and the age of the apprentice.
For those who are disabled and care-experienced, there's an enhanced funding contribution up to and including age 29.
Our contribution table shows how much we pay towards the cost of training for every apprenticeship. Use this table and then talk to different learning providers to discuss their training costs.
View contribution table for Modern Apprenticeships 

Will I get paid for the time I spend at college?

Yes. You’ll be an employee of the company that’s offering the Modern Apprenticeship, and your contract of employment will set out the number of hours in your working week. Time spent at college is part of your working week. If you think you’re not getting paid for any time you spend being trained at or away from the workplace, speak to your employer.

Does the Modern Apprenticeship programme cover the costs of my travel to work? 

No, you’ll be expected to cover your own travel costs, just like other employees. 

How do I contact a careers adviser?

Careers advisers are over the phone or online and some Skills Development Scotland career advice centres have now reopened. You can also phone 0800 917 8000 to be put in touch with your local Skills Development Scotland team or visit My World of Work for more information on finding a careers adviser near you.

I applied for an apprenticeship vacancy. What do I do now?

The employer or recruitment adviser has your details from your vacancy application, so they’ll be able to contact you through phone, text or email. Some employers and recruitment advisers may still be working from home so your application may take longer than usual to process. If a large amount of time has passed since the closing date and you have not heard from the employer, there’s nothing wrong with sending a polite enquiry. But please allow a longer time for replies from the employer you contact.

I applied for a Modern Apprenticeship post on your website but didn’t get a reply. How can I find out what happened?

If the vacancy advert is still on the site, you could get in touch with the employer or learning provider who posted the vacancy. If the advert has been taken down and you remember the names of the employer and provider, you could try getting in touch with them through their own website. 

I can't find any vacancies. What are my options?

Don't worry - new vacancies are added to Apprenticeships.scot regularly. If you're looking for a Modern Apprenticeship, you can sign up to our email updates and you'll get alerts about new vacancies. For Foundation and Graduate Appenticeships, please keep checking the vacancies page for regular updates.
Why not consider an Pathway Apprenticeship

Potential Graduate Apprentices

What is a Graduate Apprenticeship?

A Graduate Apprenticeship helps you build the skills and knowledge that Scottish industries need. You'll work, get paid and achieve a degree – even up to masters level. You'll spend most of your time learning on the job but will also be a student at a university or college.


Find out more about Graduate Apprenticeships.

What qualifications do I need to apply for a GA?

It depends on the course you're applying for, and the university or college that's delivering it. The employer might take previous industry experience or qualifications into account. For example, if you have already completed a Modern Apprenticeship and want to progress to a Graduate Apprenticeship in the same subject, your MA can count as part of your qualification.

How do I apply for a Graduate Apprenticeship vacancy?

To apply for new Graduate Apprenticeship opportunities you should apply directly to the employer advertising the vacancy. That's because all Graduate Apprentices are full-time employees. Search for current vacancies.
If you are an existing employee and interested in taking up a Graduate Apprenticeship in one of the available courses, please speak to your employer. They should contact a learning provider delivering an associated course for further information on how to get involved. Your employer can find more information in our Employers section.

 When will vacancies be posted?

Apprenticeship vacancies are advertised throughout the year. We update the vacancy search page with new vacancies when they're available, so please keep checking back.

Are Graduate Apprenticeships accredited by professional bodies?

Yes, in most cases, the Graduate Apprentice courses have been mapped to professional body standards. That means you'll be able to apply for professional accreditation relevant to your industry once you've achieved your qualification.

Can I become a Graduate Apprentice if I am already in employment?

Yes, Graduate Apprenticeships are an open to existing employees as well as to new applicants. Ask your employer about options for beginning a Graduate Apprenticeship.

How long will it take to complete a Graduate Apprenticeship?

It depends on the level of your qualification. A Graduate Apprenticeship at SCQF level 10 (that's Honours degree level) will take up to four years to complete. A Graduate Apprenticeship at SCQF level 8 (Dip HE level) will take up to two years to complete.


As you can attend university outwith normal term time, you could complete the qualification more quickly. Depending on what you've done in the past, you might be allowed advanced entry, so you could complete the qualification more quickly this way, too.

Can I do part of a Graduate Apprenticeship? I’d like advanced entry, or to leave at a lower level.

Yes. Graduate Apprenticeships have flexible entry and exit points in the programme so you can begin and leave your course at the right point. The university or college will look at what you have previously studied along with any relevant industry experience and agree your current stage with your employer. The Graduate Apprenticeship is designed so that any previous learning you have done will not be repeated.
Here's an example:


You have already attained a relevant qualification at SCQF level 8. You then enrol on a Graduate Apprenticeship (GA) at SCQF level 10. You may be able to have some of your GA qualification recognised as being achieved already. This will reduce the amount of time you need to complete the course. However, if you were doing a GA at SCQF level 10 (honours degree level) and left before completing the course, you would only be able to leave with a GA at SCQF level 8 (DipHE level).


Find out more about Graduate Apprenticeships or search for current vacancies

Can I go from a Foundation or Modern Apprenticeship to a Graduate Apprenticeship?

Yes. If you've completed a Foundation Apprenticeship or Modern Apprenticeship in the same subject, you can apply to become a Graduate Apprentice studying the same subject, if there are vacancies and you meet the entry requirements.


The Graduate Apprenticeship is designed so that you will not repeat previous learning. The employer and university will ensure that you join the programme at the right level, recognising any prior learning you've done. Search current apprenticeship vacancies

Would I pay for the Graduate Apprenticeship?

No, your learning is funded so there's no cost to you. Plus, you're an employee, so you'll get paid by your employer. If there are additional costs for books, materials and travel you should discuss this with your employer.

 Do I have to apply for funding from Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) to cover tuition fees in my Graduate Apprenticeship?

Yes, you will have to apply to Student Awards Agency Scotland annually for each year of your course for tuition fees, which will be paid directly by SAAS to the university you attend. For more information on funding for Graduate Apprenticeships, please visit the SAAS website.

Would I be an employee or a student?

You would be first and foremost an employee of the company you work for. Once you start a Graduate Apprenticeship programme you will be enrolled as a student at college or university through the matriculation system and be classed as a student, too. That gives you the same rights as other students (as well as your employee rights). This is the same as any other sponsored programme or distance-learning course.

What happens if I am unable to meet the academic demands of the course?

If your academic work doesn't meet the required standard, you'll be offered resits in line with the university or college policy. If you are not successful in resits, you'll be offered an award at the last achievement level (for example an Ordinary Degree, Diploma of Higher Education, or Certificate of Higher Education).

How do I contact a careers adviser?

Careers advisers are over the phone or online and some Skills Development Scotland career advice centres have now reopened. You can also phone 0800 917 8000 to be put in touch with your local Skills Development Scotland team or visit My World of Work for more information on finding a careers adviser near you.

I applied for an apprenticeship vacancy. What do I do now?

The employer or recruitment adviser has your details from your vacancy application, so they’ll be able to contact you through phone, text or email. Some employers and recruitment advisers may still be working from home so your application may take longer than usual to process. If a large amount of time has passed since the closing date and you have not heard from the employer, there’s nothing wrong with sending a polite enquiry. But please allow a longer time for replies from the employer you contact.

I can't find any vacancies. What are my options?

Don't worry - new vacancies are added to Apprenticeships.scot regularly. If you're looking for a Modern Apprenticeship, you can sign up to our email updates and you'll get alerts about new vacancies. For Foundation and Graduate Appenticeships, please keep checking the vacancies page for regular updates.
Why not consider an Pathway Apprenticeship

Employers

If you currently employ an apprentice or are considering employing an apprentice in the future and you can't find an answer to your question in the list below, you can get free expert advice from one of our advisers by calling 0800 783 6000.

FAs

What is a Foundation Apprenticeship? 

Foundation Apprenticeships provide work-based learning opportunities for secondary school pupils. Young people spend time gaining work experience in your business as part of their studies in S5 and S6. Pupils can also take a Foundation Apprenticeship in S3 and S4, in some subjects. A learning provider will also support you by training the apprentice towards their qualification and help them to undertake real projects for your business. 


Find out more about Foundation Apprenticeships.

What are the benefits of Foundation Apprenticeships for young people?

Foundation Apprenticeships equip young people with the knowledge, skills and experience to prepare them for the world of work, and help to broaden their options when they leave school. Youth unemployment rates remain much higher than the rate for all-ages unemployment in Scotland and we believe that Foundation Apprenticeships can play a role in improving youth employment. 

What subjects and sectors are Foundation Apprenticeships available in? 

There are 12 different sectors available to study in at SCQF Level 6:


1. Accountancy
2. Business Skills
3. Civil Engineering
4. Creative & Digital Media
5. Engineering
6. Financial Services
7. Food & Drink Technologies
8. Hardware & System Support
9. Scientific Technologies
10. Social Services Children & Young People
11. Social Services & Healthcare
12. Software development


There are 3 sectors available to study in at SCQF Levels 4 and 5
1. Automotive SCQF L4
2. Construction SCQF L4 and 5
3. Hospitality SCQF L4 and 5


Find out more about these sectors and how you could deliver Foundation Apprenticeships

What units are included in Foundation Apprenticeship frameworks? 

For further information on the breakdown of each Foundation Apprenticeship framework, or type, read our Foundation Apprenticeships for Employers page.

How do Foundation Apprenticeships work? 

Foundation Apprenticeships are part of the senior phase school timetable. Pupils spend time at school with a Learning Provider and an employer. The delivery and assessment of the relevant National Certificate/National Progression Award takes mainly takes place at the Learning Provider. The work-based competence units are delivered and assessed in the workplace whilst the learner is on placement with the employer. However, employers are engaged with learners at various stages throughout the programme.

How do young people find out about Foundation Apprenticeships?

Foundation Apprentices are usually young people in S4 or S5 who are selecting their subject choices, so they find out about their options at school. Learning providers work with local authorities to raise awareness of Foundation Apprenticeships to school teachers and promote the opportunities to learners and parents. 

What kind of involvement can an employer have in the Foundation Apprenticeship programme? 

Employers can engage with learners throughout their journey on the programme at key stages with varying levels of involvement. The key aspect of employer involvement is the work placement for learners. Depending on the employer capacity this could be one or more learners and take place virtually or in person. 

What do Foundation Apprenticeship work placements involve?

The learning provider works with the employer and provides an outline of what the learner must cover during the work placement. This is verified by the learning-provider assessor who carries out placement visits to the learner. 

How are pupils matched to employer placements? 

All Learning Providers must have a robust recruitment and selection process in place. This may provide an opportunity for employers to be involved in supporting the selection of suitable young people for the programme. 

How are Modern and Foundation Apprenticeships different from each other? 

Modern Apprenticeships are employed status and gain on-the-job experience and off-the-job learning leading to industry-recognised qualifications. Foundation Apprenticeships are based on existing Modern Apprenticeship frameworks and allow school pupils to complete elements of a Modern Apprenticeship whilst still at school. As they are still in full-time education, pupils doing a Foundation Apprenticeship are non-employed.

Are there any costs involved in being a Foundation Apprentice employer? 

No, as an employer you will not incur any direct costs through being involved in the programme. The only thing you need to invest is your time, which can result in lasting rewards with access to talented and driven young people.

MAs

What is a Modern Apprenticeship?

A Modern Apprenticeship is a job with training. New and existing employees can become a Modern Apprentice. They'll work towards an industry approved qualification and bring new ideas and skills to your workplace. A learning provider will help train your apprentice and we'll pay a contribution towards the cost of training. 


Find out more about Modern Apprenticeships.

What qualification(s) can a Modern Apprentice gain?

Modern Apprentices achieve an accredited vocational qualification at a variety of SCQF levels, from certificates at SCQF level 5 up to diplomas at SCQF level 8. In addition, all Modern Apprenticeships include certification of Core Skills.

Who pays the Modern Apprentice's salary? 

The Modern Apprentice will be just like any other employee of your business, so you'll pay their wages. Make sure you pay a salary that attracts the best people. Remember you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage. 

Who pays for the Modern Apprentice’s equipment? 

You’ll provide the tools and equipment a Modern Apprentice needs to do their job.

Can a small or medium-sized business take on an apprentice? 

Yes, there is no restriction on the size of organisation that can employ an Apprentice.

What happens if an apprentice has to suspend their studies?

Apprentices may be able to suspend studies for up to 12 months on request from Skills Development Scotland. If the suspension is longer than 12 months, the learning provider will need to re-register the apprentice as part of a new cohort. The apprentice may be eligible for accelerated entry into the programme based on the level of prior learning achieved. In any scenario the apprentice must still be in employment and their employer must be in agreement to support them through the remainder of the GA programme. 

I have a question related to current apprentices in my business.

Employers are advised to keep in regular contact with your learning provider e.g. college, university or training facility for advice on delivery and support.  

GAs

What is a Graduate Apprenticeship?

Graduate Apprentices are new or existing employees of your business who are trained by colleges and universities. They'll spend around 80% of their time in work and 20% in training. It means the work and learning your apprentice does counts towards their qualification. 


Find out more about Graduate Apprenticeships.

How are Graduate Apprenticeships funded? 

From 2021, Graduate Apprentices' learning costs will be funded by Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for the full duration of the course. Graduate Apprentices must apply directly to SAAS for their funding.

Which learners does SAAS funding apply to?

Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) funding only applies to learners starting their Graduate Apprenticeship from the 2021/22 academic year, these learners will generally commence from August 2021 onwards. SAAS funding applications are not required for current learners on a Graduate Apprenticeship who will be returning next academic year into year 2, 3 or 4 of their programme.

How often do Graduate Apprentices have to apply to SAAS?

Employees who are new entrants to the Graduate Apprenticeship programme will have to apply to Student Awards Agency Scotland from academic year 2021/22 for their initial SAAS funding. This needs to be followed with an annual application to SAAS until the learner has completed their Graduate Apprenticeship. Applying to SAAS is a straightforward process, the learning provider will be able to provide support if required.

What impact does the SAAS application have on the employer recruitment process of a Graduate Apprentice?

Employers should continue to apply their standard Graduate Apprenticeship recruitment process however, from 2021 the employee is required to apply for Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) funding for tuition fees. The employer should build in some extra time for this step. The decision on learner eligibility for a GA will continue to be taken by the provider - SAAS will not determine learner eligibility. The provider will advise the apprentice and employer on next steps when applying for SAAS. Further SAAS guidance is available here.

Who pays Graduate apprentices and how much should they be paid? 

Graduate apprentices are employees, so their employer will be expected to pay their salary. This salary is not set by Skills Development Scotland but we do encourage all employers to pay the Living Wage. The employer will be expected to employ the apprentice full-time with full access to any facilities or benefits that you provide for other staff.

What is expected of Graduate Apprentice employers?

Typically, the following would be expected of a Graduate Apprentice employer:


- Meet with the learning provider, also known as the delivery partner (university/college/other provider) to agree the structure of the Graduate Apprentice programme. This includes assessment methods, time spent at university, and projects that will need to be supported in the workplace.
- Attend quarterly meetings with the delivery partner and the Graduate Apprentice, who is their employee.
- Mentor the Graduate Apprentice and get involved in training and assessment elements, as agreed with the learning provider.


The role of the employer depends on the individual partnership between the employer and the university, college or other learning provider. You can find a list of all the partners we are currently working with and the Graduate Apprenticeships they are offering at www.apprenticeships.scot.


Find out more about how employers work with Graduate Apprenticeships 
Search for a learning provider in your area 

Are Graduate Apprenticeships accredited by professional bodies? 

In most cases, the Graduate Apprenticeship courses have been mapped to professional body standards. That means that apprentices will be able to apply for membership to any professional body relevant to their industry, when their apprenticeship is finished. 

Who can apply for a Graduate Apprenticeship? 

To apply to become a Graduate Apprentice you should be a minimum of 16 years of age. There is no maximum age for applying to be a Graduate Apprentice. 

What qualifications are required to apply for a Graduate Apprentice? 

Every applicant should be assessed not just on formal qualifications but also existing work experience, during recruitment. The Graduate Apprenticeship is designed so that previous learning will not be repeated. 

If someone has an existing qualification in the same subject as a Graduate Apprenticeship they apply for, are they still eligible for funding? 

You could apply for funding for a Graduate Apprenticeship in a similar subject area if your existing qualification is at a lower level. You may also be eligible for funding if you have a similar level of qualification, but in a different subject area.

What qualification(s) can a Graduate Apprentice gain? 

Graduate Apprentices can a variety of qualifications depending on the apprenticeship. They range from SCQF level 8 (Dip HE) through to SCQF level 11 (master’s degree level). The qualification an apprentice receives at the end is the same as the one they would get on a conventional learning programme with a further or higher education institute. 

How long does it take to complete a Graduate Apprenticeship? 

A Graduate Apprenticeship at SCQF level 10 (honours degree level) will take up to 4 years to complete and a Graduate Apprenticeship at SCQF level 8 (Dip HE level) will take up to 2 years to complete.


Some people may complete the Graduate Apprenticeship in a shorter period of time because the working year is longer than the university year, meaning the overall time may be reduced. 

How will the learning element of the GA work in practice? 

Graduate apprentices spend around 80% of their time in work and 20% of time with a university or college. That may be 4 days a week at work and 1 in college, or the time may be split another way, such as a certain amount of hours per month at college. Graduate Apprentices are simply employees who spend some of their time studying.

What if my preferred delivery partner doesn’t offer a Graduate Apprenticeship course I am interested in? 

Delivery partners tend to offer Graduate Apprenticeship programmes that match closely with their academic prospectus. We work with a range of delivery partners who can offer Graduate Apprenticeships regardless of geography and would recommend you get in touch with your preferred partner to discuss your specific requirements.

Can a small or medium-sized business take on an apprentice? 

Yes, there is no restriction on the size of organisation that can employ an Apprentice.

How and when are Graduate Apprentices recruited?

The normal steps to recruit a Graduate Apprentice are as follows:


- The employer will contact the university/college delivering the course they are interested in
- The employer and university/college will discuss entry requirements, timescales for recruitment, course content and assessment methods
- The employer will create the job description (including entry requirements and a closing date)
- The employer will advertise the Graduate Apprenticeship vacancy on apprenticeships.scot (there is no cost to the employer for this service).
- The employer will be sent all job applications received
- The employer will liaise with the delivery partner throughout recruitment process, with support provided at interview stages


These steps can be varied in agreement with the delivery partner.


Graduate Apprentices are not bound by traditional university timetables so courses could start at any point throughout the year. However, there will usually be some alignment with academic semesters with most start dates occurring between January and September. This would be agreed between the employers recruiting Graduate Apprentices and the universities/colleges providing the GA.

Do Graduate Apprenticeships have flexible 'entry and exit points'? 

Yes, Graduate Apprenticeships have flexible entry and exit points in the programme so that apprentices begin and end their study at the right point. The learning provider will take into consideration what a Graduate apprentice has previously studied along with any relevant industry experience and agree their current stage with their employer. 

Does an employer receive any payment from SDS for taking on a GA apprentice? 

Since 2021, Graduate Apprentices' learning costs are funded by Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for the full duration of the course. Graduate Apprentices must apply directly to SAAS for their funding. 

What happens if an apprentice has to suspend their studies?

Apprentices may be able to suspend studies for up to 12 months on request from Skills Development Scotland. If the suspension is longer than 12 months, the learning provider will need to re-register the apprentice as part of a new cohort. The apprentice may be eligible for accelerated entry into the programme based on the level of prior learning achieved. In any scenario the apprentice must still be in employment and their employer must be in agreement to support them through the remainder of the GA programme. 

Will there be any cost implications for an employer if an apprentice leaves their employment before completing their Graduate Apprenticeship? 

No costs will be reclaimed in relation to any of the individual's learning costs. 

I have a question related to current apprentices in my business.

Employers are advised to keep in regular contact with your learning provider e.g. college, university or training facility for advice on delivery and support.  

Frameworks

What are frameworks and how do they work? 

A framework is a type or category of apprenticeship. The framework sets out the skills, knowledge and competencies needed to do the apprenticeship. There are more than 100 frameworks, covering a huge range of jobs. Each framework is put together by a sector skills council, working closely with employers. Frameworks cover:
- the relevant SCQF/MA level or an alternative competency based qualification
- the core skills included
- details of any industry-specific training


Find a framework to suit your business or organisation

Will there be a framework for the job I have in mind? 

There's a good chance that there will be - there are over 100 frameworks, and most cover lots of different roles. 

How are apprenticeship frameworks developed?

Apprenticeships are developed through ongoing consultation with employers, universities, professional bodies and qualifications authorities in the form of Technical Expert Groups (TEGs). The TEGs act as an advisory group on behalf of the sector and are based on the premise that industry provides the expertise to identify the skills and knowledge they need for a competent graduate workforce. The academic representatives develop the programme, quality standards and alignment to professional accreditation required for delivery of the award. This process normally takes six months. 
Find out more about Technical Expert Groups and how apprenticeships are developed 

As an employer can I request the development of a new framework? 

Apprenticeships are developed in response to employer demand and fit with current and future skills needs. There are over 100 existing apprenticeship frameworks covering hundreds of jobs roles available. These are deliberately broad in topic coverage to ensure they are flexible and can transfer across occupations and sectors to meet the needs of a diverse range of employers. 


If, having reviewed existing availability, you still can't find an apprenticeship to support your needs, you can submit a request to change an existing framework or even suggest a potential new framework by completing a form.


Requests are treated on a case-by-case basis and we intend to respond to within 4 weeks of submission. 


If your request is rejected we will provide information to explain our decision, based on the criteria, and we will advise you of any existing framework that can support your needs instead.

Funding and pay

What funding can I get to take on apprentices? 

The type of funding you'll be able to access depends on the type of apprenticeship. Find out more about funding for Modern, Foundation and Graduate apprenticeships in our Introduction to Scottish Apprenticeships. You should also contact your local authority to see if there is any other funding available to support recruitment or wage costs. 

Who pays for the training?

Skills Development Scotland contribute towards the training costs for Modern Apprentices. We pay this directly to the training provider. You agree the full cost of the training with the provider and pay the balance directly to them. From 2021, Graduate Apprentices' learning costs are funded by Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for the full duration of the course. Graduate Apprentices must apply directly to SAAS for their funding. 

Who pays the Modern Apprentice's salary? 

The Modern Apprentice will be just like any other employee of your business, so you'll pay their wages. Make sure you pay a salary that attracts the best people. Remember you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage. 

Who pays for the Modern Apprentice’s equipment? 

You’ll provide the tools and equipment a Modern Apprentice needs to do their job.

What about travel costs? 

Just like any other employee, a Modern Apprentice would normally pay their own way to and from work. It’s likely they’ll have to travel to college or the learning provider’s premises. It’s normal practice for employer to pay these costs. 

How are Graduate Apprenticeships funded? 

From 2021, Graduate Apprentices' learning costs will be funded by Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for the full duration of the course. Graduate Apprentices must apply directly to SAAS for their funding.

Who pays Graduate apprentices and how much should they be paid? 

Graduate apprentices are employees, so their employer will be expected to pay their salary. This salary is not set by Skills Development Scotland but we do encourage all employers to pay the Living Wage. The employer will be expected to employ the apprentice full-time with full access to any facilities or benefits that you provide for other staff.

Does an employer receive any payment from SDS for taking on a GA apprentice? 

Since 2021, Graduate Apprentices' learning costs are funded by Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for the full duration of the course. Graduate Apprentices must apply directly to SAAS for their funding. 

Will there be any cost implications for an employer if an apprentice leaves their employment before completing their Graduate Apprenticeship? 

No costs will be reclaimed in relation to any of the individual's learning costs. 

Are Scottish apprenticeships funded in a similar way to apprenticeships in England? 

No. Scotland and England have different administrative arrangements for funding apprenticeships. 

Vacancies and recruitment

Can I recruit apprentices and advertise the vacancies on Apprenticeships.scot? 

Yes, you can advertise your vacancies and recruit apprentices free on Apprenticeships.scot. Have a look at our Guides for Employers for information on recruiting, including our handy guide to uploading a vacancy. 

Can I submit one apprentice job vacancy advert 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. Please remember to state the number of positions in your advert.

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. 

Why was the job title changed on an apprenticeship 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. 

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

We rarely decline a vacancy, but if this happens we’ll send an email explaining why 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 apprenticeship rules. If we have any doubts or concerns, we’ll phone you to clarify these issues before making a decision. You can also log in to your Apprenticeships.scot dashboard where you’ll 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.

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. 

I’m having trouble uploading an apprenticeship vacancy. Can you help me?

Have a look at our handy guide to uploading a vacancy to Apprenticeships.scot in our Guidance for employers page. If you are still having trouble uploading a vacancy, please contact our Employer Helpline Number on 0800 783 6000 or contact customer.services@sds.co.uk.

How and when are Graduate Apprentices recruited?

The normal steps to recruit a Graduate Apprentice are as follows:


- The employer will contact the university/college delivering the course they are interested in
- The employer and university/college will discuss entry requirements, timescales for recruitment, course content and assessment methods
- The employer will create the job description (including entry requirements and a closing date)
- The employer will advertise the Graduate Apprenticeship vacancy on apprenticeships.scot (there is no cost to the employer for this service).
- The employer will be sent all job applications received
- The employer will liaise with the delivery partner throughout recruitment process, with support provided at interview stages


These steps can be varied in agreement with the delivery partner.


Graduate Apprentices are not bound by traditional university timetables so courses could start at any point throughout the year. However, there will usually be some alignment with academic semesters with most start dates occurring between January and September. This would be agreed between the employers recruiting Graduate Apprentices and the universities/colleges providing the GA.

Where can I access recruitment support?  

For support with recruitment and employment of apprentices, have a look at our guide for employers. There's a handy guide included showing you how to upload a vacancy.

Support

Where can I access guidance on how to manage my business and support my staff? 

Advice and support for employers covering a broad range of topics affecting business continuity is available at Scottish Government's Find Business Support website.

How can I support staff faced with redundancy?

If you are making an apprentice redundant, your apprentices can get support and advice from our PACE team on 0800 917 8000. Our related sites, My World of Work and My World of Work Careers, have employment and redundancy support and information, which is also available from our local careers centres.


The Apprentice Transition Plan service can offer support to Modern Apprentices by helping them to find new work or move to further learning. Encourage them to contact us for help. Find out more about the Apprentice Transition Plan.

I can recruit apprentices who have been made redundant. What support can I receive? 

If you can recruit an apprentice who has been made redundant, you may be able to access the Adopt an Apprentice Initiative. This allows you to access £5,000 to support a modern apprentice to complete their qualification as your employee. Read more about  Adopt an Apprentice

Levy information

What is the Apprenticeship Levy? 

The Apprenticeship Levy is a UK Government employment tax that came into effect on 6 April 2017. It is collected across the whole of the UK. All employers (public, private and third sector) with a pay bill of more than £3 million each year will pay the levy. 


The levy is set at 0.5% of an employer’s annual wage bill and each employer will receive an allowance of £15,000 per year to offset against the levy. This means that although the levy applies to all employers, only employers with a wage bill over £3 million will pay it.

How will employers pay the Apprenticeship Levy? 

Each month, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will collect the Apprenticeship Levy through Pay As You Earn (PAYE),  payable alongside income tax and National Insurance. HM Treasury will allocate funding to the Scottish Government through the block grant. 

What will employers get back from the levy? 

The Scottish Government's response to the UK Government Apprenticeship Levy sets out how they will use the £221m of levy funding over 2017/18 to support skills, training and employment in Scotland. This includes the delivery of 30,000 Modern Apprenticeship starts per year by 2020, and the establishment of a Workforce Development Fund to help employers up-skill and re-skill their workforce. 

Do employers who fund their own apprenticeships still have to pay the Apprenticeship Levy? 

Yes. All employers with a wage bill greater than £3million will pay the levy. Employers could review their skills needs and consider how their current training could be delivered through an approved apprenticeship to maximise their return on the levy. 

Will employers who don’t pay the Apprenticeship Levy still get funding for apprenticeships? 

Yes. All employers will still be able to access funding for approved apprenticeships. We recognise that apprenticeships are an essential way for SMEs to develop their employees and contribute to growth. 

Are Scottish apprenticeships funded in a similar way to apprenticeships in England? 

No. Scotland and England have different administrative arrangements for funding apprenticeships. 

Do employers who pay a training levy still have to pay the Apprenticeship Levy? 

Yes, if they have a pay bill greater than £3 million, as the apprenticeship levy applies to all employers. 

What support will be available to help employers understand what these changes mean? 

SDS will work with employers, including industry bodies, to provide support as administrative arrangements are developed. 

Learning providers

If you currently train an apprentice or are considering training an apprentice in the future and you can't find an answer to your question in the list below, you can get free expert advice from one of our advisers by calling 0800 783 6000.

General

Where can I find more information for learning providers? 

You can find more information for apprenticeship learning providers in our dedicated learning provider section.

How will Foundation Apprenticeships feature within Insight Benchmarking Tool?

Insight Tariff data is captured via an uplift from SQA systems from the Scottish Government Benchmarking Team.  This procedure will be adapted to ensure that it captures those who receive Foundation Apprenticeship Certification or the Letter of Recognition.  Both cohorts will attract the existing tariff agreed against each framework.

How and when are Graduate Apprentices recruited?

The normal steps to recruit a Graduate Apprentice are as follows:


- The employer will contact the university/college delivering the course they are interested in
- The employer and university/college will discuss entry requirements, timescales for recruitment, course content and assessment methods
- The employer will create the job description (including entry requirements and a closing date)
- The employer will advertise the Graduate Apprenticeship vacancy on apprenticeships.scot (there is no cost to the employer for this service).
- The employer will be sent all job applications received
- The employer will liaise with the delivery partner throughout recruitment process, with support provided at interview stages


These steps can be varied in agreement with the delivery partner.


Graduate Apprentices are not bound by traditional university timetables so courses could start at any point throughout the year. However, there will usually be some alignment with academic semesters with most start dates occurring between January and September. This would be agreed between the employers recruiting Graduate Apprentices and the universities/colleges providing the GA.

Do Graduate Apprenticeships have flexible 'entry and exit points'? 

Yes, Graduate Apprenticeships have flexible entry and exit points in the programme so that apprentices begin and end their study at the right point. The learning provider will take into consideration what a Graduate apprentice has previously studied along with any relevant industry experience and agree their current stage with their employer. 

How often do Graduate Apprentices have to apply to SAAS?

Employees who are new entrants to the Graduate Apprenticeship programme will have to apply to Student Awards Agency Scotland from academic year 2021/22 for their initial SAAS funding. This needs to be followed with an annual application to SAAS until the learner has completed their Graduate Apprenticeship. Applying to SAAS is a straightforward process, the learning provider will be able to provide support if required.

What is the Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board?

Led by employers and representatives from industry bodies across a range of sectors, the Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board (SAAB) [LINK TO https://www.apprenticeships.scot/about/scottish-apprenticeship-advisory-board/] provides employer leadership and contribution to the development of apprenticeships in Scotland. This ensures they are aligned with industry and economic need, Fair Work and job opportunities. The Board consists of four groups – a Group Board, Employer Engagement Group, Employer Equalities Group and Frameworks and Standards Group. 


Find out more about the Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board 

How does apprenticeship policy differ across the UK? 

To understand the difference in apprenticeship policy across the four different UK countries you can read the SQA’s A Guide to Apprenticeships in the UK guide and view their interactive table. 

Funding

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. Find out more about apprenticeship frameworks

How are Graduate Apprenticeships funded? 

From 2021, Graduate Apprentices' learning costs will be funded by Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for the full duration of the course. Graduate Apprentices must apply directly to SAAS for their funding.

Who pays Graduate apprentices and how much should they be paid? 

Graduate apprentices are employees, so their employer will be expected to pay their salary. This salary is not set by Skills Development Scotland but we do encourage all employers to pay the Living Wage. The employer will be expected to employ the apprentice full-time with full access to any facilities or benefits that you provide for other staff.

Which learners does SAAS funding apply to?

Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) funding only applies to learners starting their Graduate Apprenticeship from the 2021/22 academic year, these learners will generally commence from August 2021 onwards. SAAS funding applications are not required for current learners on a Graduate Apprenticeship who will be returning next academic year into year 2, 3 or 4 of their programme.

Vacancies and recruitment

Can I submit one apprentice job vacancy advert 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. Please remember to state the number of positions in your advert.

Why was the job title changed on an apprenticeship 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? 

If you choose, you can hide the employer’s information in the vacancy advert. However, we don’t recommend hiding the employer’s name; it’s helpful if apprentices know as much as possible about the job they’re applying for. Whether you choose to hide the details in the advert, you need to include them when you upload the vacancy so we know who is advertising the role.

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.