Foundation Apprenticeships

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

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What other employers think

We think Foundation Apprenticeships are good for business – and employers who are already involved seem to agree. Here's what they had to say.

Maria Wilcockson, Apprenticeship Scheme Manager, Prudential

'For Prudential, Foundation Apprenticeships act as a natural feed into our own successful apprenticeship programme, providing better trained recruits. It also provides us with a route via which we can support more young people gain the employability skills to get on in life.'

Angela Smith, manager, Craigie House care home

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

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

  • University of Glasgow – All faculties except Veterinary Medicine, Medicine and Law
  • Abertay University – Across all faculties
  • University of Aberdeen – Who have indicated that an FA Social Services Children and Young People may be an advantage in applications for teaching, as it includes face-to-face classroom experience. Exemptions may apply for medicine, law and dentistry
  • University of Dundee – Exemptions may apply for medicine, law and dentistry
  • Robert Gordon University – Across all faculties
  • University of the Highlands and Islands – Across all faculties
  • Heriot-Watt University – Across all faculties. FA Engineering may be an advantage to applications to engineering
  • Queen Margaret University – Across all faculties
  • University of Stirling – Accept FAs as equivalent to one Higher at B

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

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