Pathway Apprenticeships

Support provided by Skills Development Scotland

What does this involve?

Part of the £60 million Young Person’s Guarantee, Pathway Apprenticeships will provide a new route into the workplace. Apprenticeships are a proven way for employers to develop talent and gain real business benefits. They can provide employers with the skills they need to adapt, sustain and strengthen their business. 

Pathway Apprenticeships will be delivered by learning providers, such as colleges, in partnerships with employers.

Participants will receive a £100 weekly allowance whilst gaining knowledge, skills and experience through a series of practical activities, including industry projects and work placements.

The apprenticeship will last up to 26 weeks (36 weeks for construction) and can be extended up to 52 weeks if the participants are either care experienced or disabled.

More information and application details on the Apprenticeship Employer Grant will be made available from early January 2021.

Am I eligible?

Pathway Apprenticeships are aimed at young people who are looking for a route into the workplace. Applicants should be: 

  • school leavers up to 18-years-old
  • unemployed and not receiving benefits


What does this cost?

Funding will be available to support a new apprentice joining your business. It will be issued through an Apprenticeship Employer Grant.

More information and application details on the Apprenticeship Employer Grant will be available from early January 2021.

Who is this for?

You can host a young apprentice in your business through Pathway Apprenticeships if your business is in a Scottish growth sector. These sectors include (but are not limited to):

  • Business
  • IT/Digital
  • Engineering
  • Social Services
  • Construction

How long does this take?

Pathways Apprenticeships will offer 26 weeks of training with a £100 weekly allowance. This can be extended for participants who are disabled or care experienced. 

Important information

By getting involved with Pathway Apprenticeships you can:

  • get early access to young talent
  • create a pipeline for recruitment to apprenticeships
  • support young people in challenging times
  • develop your staff as coaches or mentors

Next steps

Visit the Skills Development Scotland website for more information. 

Support provided by Skills Development Scotland

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