Foundation Apprenticeships

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Joint statement from Colleges Scotland, SQA, Skills Development Scotland and Universities Scotland on Foundation Apprenticeships

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) has further information to support:


What are Foundation Apprenticeships?

Foundation Apprenticeships are a Skills Development Scotland (SDS) initiative, providing new, work-based learning opportunities for learners in their senior phase of secondary education. It enables them to complete elements of a Modern Apprenticeship while still at school.

Learners work towards a Foundation Apprenticeship alongside their other subjects — their National 5 and Highers. They'll also spend part of the school week with a learning provider and with a local employer. They will work towards industry-recognised qualifications while developing skills and experience in the workplace.

If you are interested in offering or completing a Foundation Apprenticeship, please visit the SDS Apprenticeship website.

In addition, please download the Foundation Apprenticeship FAQ document for information on:

What Foundation Apprenticeships are available?

Further information on the SDS Foundation Apprenticeship Framework publications.

What qualifications or units will a learner work towards to achieve a Foundation Apprenticeship?

Each Foundation Apprenticeship framework contains the following components:

Professional qualifications are also contained within the Accountancy and Food and Drink Technologies frameworks, which enable learners to gain industry specific skills within their apprenticeship.