Modern Apprenticeship



This Modern Apprenticeship prepares employees for a variety of roles in the signmaking industry. These include signmakers, sign installers, quality technicians, or manufacturing technicians. It’s offered at two levels to support those who are new to the industry, and for upskilling experienced teams.

Apprenticeship framework(s)

Your employee will study for a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 5 or 6.

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

Entry requirements

SCQF Level 5

There are no set entry requirements for this apprenticeship.

SCQF Level 6

Candidates should have completed the SCQF Level 5 in Signmaking, or have equivalent qualifications or experience.

Progression and development

On completing this Modern Apprenticeship, your employees will have the skills they need for roles such as:

  • Quality control inspector

  • Signmaker

  • Sign installer

  • Fabricator/ fitter

This apprenticeship also prepares employees to progress onto Signmaking at SCQF level 6, or other training programmes, including:

  • HNC/HND in art and design, design, graphics, fabrication and welding or a related discipline

  • Assessor and verifier awards

  • Qualifications in a related area, such as health and safety, training and development, business improvement techniques or supervisory management

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 between 12 and 24 months 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.

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