Regulatory Services

Modern Apprenticeship



This Modern Apprenticeship supports the development of apprentices who want to work in Regulatory Services. Areas for careers in this sector include Environmental Health Services and Trading Standards.

These services safeguard people, businesses and communities from physical, financial and environmental harm. This makes them vital to the ongoing success of the Scottish economy.

Apprenticeship framework(s)

Your employee will study for a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 7.

Select Level 7 to see the framework document and qualification(s) at that level.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this apprenticeship. Applicants with good English and maths / science qualifications would be at an advantage.

They should also have these skills and attributes:

  • attention to detail

  • motivation to succeed in the industry or sector

  • willingness to learn and undertake the qualification in this framework

  • willingness to pick up further study when required

  • numeracy skills

  • written and verbal communication skills to deal with a wide range of people

  • ability and confidence to know when to ask for help or guidance

It's good to be open to alternative assessment methods, and experience, instead of qualifications. This can help to broaden the pool of potential applicants. Find out more about inclusive recruitment.

Progression and development

When they complete the apprenticeship, the apprentice can progress in work and further learning.

After completing the apprenticeship, the candidate could progress into supporting roles, such as:

Trading Standards

  • technical assistant

  • technician

  • assistant Trading Standards officer

  • enforcement officer

Environmental Health

  • technical assistant

  • technician

  • dog warden

  • pest-control officer

  • enforcement officer

  • contaminated-land officer

  • sampling officer

  • air-quality officer

Apprentices can do a relevant degree and professional qualifications to become a qualified officer. Following that, they could find career opportunities in:

Trading Standards

  • intelligence officer / analyst

  • age-restricted sales officer

  • authorised officer

  • management roles

Environmental Health

  • Environmental Health officer

  • management roles

How does it work?

Apprentices will learn in a real-world environment and earn a wage. They’ll also study with a college or other learning provider.

Cost and funding

We contribute towards training costs

We do this by paying the learning provider throughout the apprenticeship.

The training contribution calculator will show you our funding contribution for this framework.

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees aged 16 to 19. For those who are disabled and care-experienced, this is extended up to and including age 29.

Speak to a range of learning providers to find the best deal and agree on a flexible approach to meet your business needs.

Who pays the apprentice?

Like any other employee of your business, you’ll pay the Modern Apprentice's wages. This is not set by SDS, but we encourage all employers to pay the Living Wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

How long will it take?

It will take around 2 years to complete.

Need information or advice?

Call our advisors to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships.

0800 783 6000

Sounds right for your business?

The next step is to find a learning provider that offers this apprenticeship.

Find a learning provider