Modern Apprenticeships

Modern Apprenticeships

Modern Apprenticeships provide paid employment and the opportunity to train for jobs to anyone over 16. Modern Apprenticeships are an exciting way of gaining skills and qualifications. They help learners start a career without having to study full-time.

The CBI, TUC and a wide range of employers support Modern Apprenticeships. Sector Skills Councils work with industry to develop the Modern Apprenticeship frameworks. Modern Apprenticeships can also be the basis for training more established employees.

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Modern Apprenticeship Frameworks

Modern Apprenticeships are available across a wide range of sectors. Sector Skills Councils decide on the format of training.

Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQ)

The occupational SVQs for the sector at SCQF levels 6 and 7 are the core of every framework. Some frameworks may specify progression routes. Apprentices may start work towards an SVQ at SCQF level 5 and then progress to the SVQ at SCQF levels 6 and 7.

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What employers say about Modern Apprenticeships

SDS surveyed over 2,500 employers to hear their views on Modern Apprenticeships and the benefits they bring to their businesses. The survey has shown that employers are continuing to invest in Modern Apprenticeships.

Key statistics from Skills Development Scotland survey about Modern Apprenticeships

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Foundation Apprenticeships

Foundation Apprenticeships are new, work-based learning qualifications for secondary school pupils. They enable pupils in S4 to S6 to complete elements of a Modern Apprenticeship while still at school. Pupils will study towards a Foundation Apprenticeship alongside their other subjects. They'll also spend part of the school week at college or with a local employer.

Pupils work towards industry-recognised qualifications while developing skills and experience in the workplace.

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Apprenticeship Opportunities in Scotland

There are Modern Apprenticeship and Foundation Apprenticeship opportunities throughout Scotland.

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SQA’s Pathway Apprenticeship scheme

Since 2012, SQA's Pathway Apprenticeship scheme offers young people an opportunity to work towards a Modern Apprenticeship in our Glasgow and Dalkeith offices.

We provide pathway apprentices with a training plan. We also provide a dedicated mentor to support them throughout their apprenticeship. Apprentices receive on-the-job training.

They have the opportunity to attend college and work towards:

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