More Foundation Apprenticeships for pupils
21 April 2017
More pupils across Scotland will be able to benefit from
work-based learning as Foundation Apprenticeship places continue to
expand with nearly 2,000 on offer this year. The number of
Foundation Apprentices has grown across Scotland with the
work-based learning qualification now on offer to school pupils in
over 110 schools.
Skills Development Scotland (SDS) Head of Foundation
Apprenticeships, Diane Greenlees said: "Even more young people will
now benefit from work-based learning as they work towards an
industry recognised qualification with a Foundation
SDS has recently awarded contracts to delivery partners across
Scotland for Foundation Apprenticeships from August this year.
Over 1,900 Foundation Apprenticeship places will be available
after the summer holidays in all local authority areas and in 10
frameworks, designed by industry in key growth sectors.
Pupils can currently apply for the existing and new
- Business Skills
- Civil Engineering
- Creative and Digital Media (new)
- Financial Services
- Hardware and System Support
- Scientific Technologies (new)
- Social Services - Children and Young People
- Social Services and Healthcare
- Software Development
In August last year more than 350 young people started
Foundation Apprenticeships across 26 local authorities in eight
different frameworks including financial services and
Up to 5000 young people will benefit from Foundation
Apprenticeships following Deputy First Minister John Swinney's
announcement of a boost in numbers.
In addition to the recent expansion, Foundation Apprenticeships
are now recognised as valued qualifications within Insight for
schools with an agreed tariff value for all frameworks.
A number of universities in Scotland are now accepting a
Foundation Apprenticeship as at least equivalent to a Higher within
entry requirements to degree courses.
What is a Foundation Apprenticeship?
With a Foundation Apprenticeship, pupils can complete elements
of a Modern Apprenticeship alongside their Highers or Advanced
A Foundation Apprenticeship takes two years to complete and
during this time pupils spend part of the week out of school,
getting hands-on experience at college and with a local employer in
their chosen industry.
With a Foundation Apprenticeship under their belt they leave
school with an industry-recognised qualification - which is set at
SCQF level 6, the same level of learning as a higher - which they
can use to gain accelerated entry onto a related Modern
To find out more about apprenticeship opportunities head to
Source - Skills Development Scotland