Foundation Apprenticeships

Shape the next generation of talent

Prepare your future employees for the world of work

School pupils complete a Foundation Apprenticeship in S5 and S6, alongside Highers or Nationals. They spend time out of school at college, and with employers like you.

So you help provide on-the-job training and an industry-recognised qualification.

  • Spot talented, motivated pupils who could become your future employees
  • Foundation Apprentices work on real projects with your staff. They bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to those tasks
  • Young people get to know your business. So if you choose to recruit, they can come in with a useful working knowledge of it
  • Foundation Apprenticeships are designed with employers like you. So, they help young people build the skills your industry actually needs for the future
  • Foundation Apprenticeships give you an opportunity to deliver on the recommendations for employers from Developing Scotland's Young Workforce
  • Build stronger links with local schools and colleges
  • Young people also develop the soft skills – like time management, teamwork and communication - that come from quality work experience. So they're better prepared for the workplace when they leave school

Find a Foundation Apprenticeship

There are ten frameworks available, ranging from Business Skills to Engineering. Find the Foundation Apprenticeship to suit your business.

Search for apprenticeships

Foundation Apprenticeships are currently accepted as entry requirements for courses at:

 

  • University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) 

  • University of Aberdeen 

  • Abertay University

  • Edinburgh Napier University

  • Heriot-Watt University 

  • University of Edinburgh 

  • Queen Margaret University 

  • University of Stirling 

  • Open University Scotland

  • University of the West of Scotland 

  • University of Glasgow 

  • University of Strathclyde 

  • Glasgow Caledonian University 

Craig Jackson, development consultant, Scottish Water

"Foundation apprenticeships give us a strong pathway for young people coming into the business."

Angela Smith, manager, Craigie House care home

‘It's a way of actually shaping the training of the young people of the future.’

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Skills Development Scotland is delivering Foundation Apprenticeships with support from the European Social Fund

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