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Three ways to attract new talent

There are three different ways to get involved in the apprenticeship family. What you choose depends on what your business needs.

Foundation Apprenticeships

Work with local schools to shape the next generation of talent.

Foundation Apprenticeships

Modern Apprenticeships

Get funding support to build the skills you need to grow.

Modern Apprenticeships

Graduate Level Apprenticeships

The newest part of the apprenticeship family offers industry-led learning to degree level.

Graduate Level Apprenticeships

Why apprenticeships work

Growing your business, or just preparing for the future, means developing the right skills. That's exactly what apprenticeships offer.

They're designed to meet the needs of your industry, and help you grow. Because they learn through experience, apprentices develop and refine their new skills to suit your business and your customers.

As well as hiring new people, you can use apprenticeships to upskill your existing staff. So you get engaged, motivated and more productive employees. And, your business has the talented, experienced staff it needs to grow.

Get involved in Scottish Apprenticeship Week

We're getting ready for #ScotAppWeek17, 6-10 March. Find out how your business can take part this year.

Get expert advice on apprenticeships

We can give you the support you need to get started.

Free one-to-one support

Own or run a small business? Contact our Employer Engagement Team for free advice and support to get you started with apprenticeships.

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Local events

We've organised events across Scotland, to help you find out how apprenticeships can benefit your business. Come to your local Making skills work for employers: Work-based learning event to find out more.

Work based learning events

What employers say about apprenticeships

All sorts of employers take on apprentices. Here's what they had to say about the benefits.

Bob Waterson, managing director, Greenfold Systems

‘The benefit of Foundation Apprenticeships for the company will be that we have a group of young people who are better trained, better educated, and better ready for work than we've ever seen before.’

Ian MacDonald, contracts manager at Morgan Sindall

'Because it’s tailored to our business’s needs, the Graduate Level Apprenticeship has the potential to develop well-rounded individuals who are both academically and professionally qualified, with the skills to advance in a career in civil engineering.'

Apprenticeships in every sector

With more than 80 types of Modern Apprenticeship, there are opportunities in every industry. Watch the video to find out how MAs can support growth in ICT and digital technologies.

Sharon Mair, project lead, BBC Scotland Apprenticeship Scheme

'My advice to employers would be to just go for it. The apprentice learns from you, and you learn from the apprentice.'

Apprenticeship levy

From April 2017, employers with a wage bill of more than £3 million will pay an apprenticeship levy.