Modern Apprenticeships

SVQ Students - Modern Apprentice.

SQA supports Modern Apprenticeships with a portfolio of qualifications that stretch across a number of key industries including Business and Administration, Energy, Marine, Retail, Hospitality and Healthcare.  The programme is supported by the Scottish Government, the CBI, the TUC and a wide range of employers

We also support young people into working for SQA, with our Pathway Apprenticeship scheme. 

SQA's Pathway Apprenticeship scheme

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Pathway is a unique apprenticeship scheme for young people offered by SQA.

Since 2012, SQA's Pathway Apprenticeship scheme has offered young people across our local communities and a unique opportunity to work towards a Modern Apprenticeship in our offices at Optima in Glasgow and Lowden in Dalkeith.

Pathway apprentices are provided with a tailored training plan and a dedicated SQA Mentor to support personal development and career progression throughout their two year apprenticeship. Working from Optima or Lowden, apprentices receive on-the-job training and have the opportunity to work towards a HNC in Administration and Information Technology and complete an SVQ level 3 in Business and Administration by attending college. Find out more

What is a Modern Apprenticeship?

Modern Apprenticeships offer anyone aged over 16 paid employment combined with the opportunity to train for jobs across a wide range of sectors. They are an exciting way of gaining skills and qualifications that will help to start a career without having to study full-time.

Modern Apprenticeships are supported by the Confederation of Business and Industry, the Trade Union Congress and a wide range of employers. All the Modern Apprenticeship frameworks are developed by the appropriate sector skills council in consultation with their industry. Modern Apprenticeship frameworks can also be used as the basis for training more established employees.

Off the job learning usually takes place through colleges or training providers.

What do they offer?

As a Modern Apprentice you will be employed from the very start of your training and will receive a wage from your employer. You will then be given the chance to develop expertise and knowledge through on-the-job assessment, as well as gaining vital skills such as teamwork and problem solving. Many Modern Apprentices also attend colleges or training centres to study the theory relating to their chosen occupation.

What will the training consist of and what qualifications are available

Although each Modern Apprenticeship framework is specific to a particular industry or sector, they are all made up of three parts:

SVQ Level 3

The occupational SVQ/NVQs for the sector at Level 3 are the core of every framework. Some frameworks may specify progression routes, which allow apprentices to work towards a Level 2 initially, and then progress to the Level 3 and Level 4 SVQ.

Core Skills

Everyone, regardless of the job they are doing, needs certain skills which help them to become a more flexible employee, able to adapt to constantly changing work situations. These skills are known as Core Skills and are:

  • Communication
  • Working With Others
  • Numeracy
  • Information Technology
  • Problem Solving

Modern Apprenticeship Frameworks

Modern Apprenticeships are available across a wide range of sectors and the format of training is decided by the appropriate Sector Skills Council. For more information on Modern Apprenticeship Frameworks, please visit the SDS website.

Industry specific training

To encourage employees' development and broaden training, some Modern Apprenticeships also contain additional components that vary from industry to industry. They may include additional units from other SVQs, industry-specific qualifications, or academic qualifications such as Higher National Certificates and Diplomas.

What employers say about Modern Apprenticeships

A new survey carried out by Skills Development Scotland's Evaluation and Labour Market Intelligence Team, has shown employers are continuing to invest in Modern Apprenticeships praising the benefits they bring to business. SDS surveyed more than 2,500 Modern Apprentice employers to capture employers' use and views of Modern Apprenticeships and the benefits they bring to businesses.

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Apprenticeship Opportunities in Scotland

Learners have the opportunity to search for Apprenticeships based on location and sector, through the 'Apprenticeships in Scotland' website. 'Apprenticeships in Scotland' is a social enterprise project and gives learners the option to subscribe to weekly updates. Find out more.

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MappIT logo

Gateway Shared Services is a not for profit organisation that works with local education authorities throughout Scotland, specialising in developing online services and resources which support career-related learning and professional development. MappIT allows Modern Apprenticeship providers to promote their opportunities and vacancies and receive applications online. Find out more

Become an MA

If you think a Modern Apprenticeship could be the right choice for you, speak to your Careers Adviser or Guidance Teacher or contact your local Careers Office. You will be able to discuss all the options and find out what you can achieve through Modern Apprenticeship training. So get moving ¿ recruitment has already started and the right job could be waiting for you!

Visit Apprenticeships.scot, a website developed by Skills Development Scotland, for more information on how to become a Modern Apprentice. Here you¿ll find out what it takes to become an MA and the options available to you as well as case studies from learners across Scotland who have chosen the MA route.

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More information

If you think a Modern Apprenticeship could be the right choice for you, speak to your Careers Adviser or Guidance Teacher or contact your local Careers Office. You will be able to discuss all the options and find out what you can achieve through Modern Apprenticeship training. So get moving - recruitment has already started and the right job could be waiting for you!

The Skills Development Scotland website Our Skillsforce, gives useful information to employers about Modern Apprenticeships.