Contract activation

Contract activation 

Every year, we award contracts to learning providers for Foundation Apprenticeships (FA). If you're given a contract, you’ll be appointed and supported by one of our Development and Delivery Executives (DDE).   

Here’s what you need to do to prepare for your contract activation:   

Sign your contract   

You’ll have to sign and return the contract to Skills Development Scotland. There are instructions about how to do this in your Award Letter.   

Speak to your DDE  

Meet with your appointed Development and Delivery Executive. They’ll guide you through the process for delivering a Foundation Apprenticeship contract. 

Access FIPS   

You’ll need to get a  Funding and Information Processing System (FIPS) Licence Agreement and provide the details of delegated authorities who require access.   

Find out all about FIPS by watching  the training videos and reading the how to guides.   

Prepare for recruitment  

Develop a recruitment process and start up activity. Make sure you align them with key school term timelines.  

Browse our  marketing resources to help with promoting your Foundation Apprenticeships. We also provide  inclusive recruitment guides to make your apprenticeships appealing to everyone.   

Understand the programme conditions   

Make sure your colleagues and your employers are aware of the responsibilities in the  FA Product Specification.  

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