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Get funded training for new or existing staff through apprenticeships

Support provided by Skills Development Scotland

What does this involve?

Apprenticeships can provide the skills your business needs for the future. Choose from different apprenticeships to get funded training for new or existing staff.

Your benefits include:

  • discovering new talent
  • upskilling new or existing staff
  • encouraging talented staff to stay with your business
  • getting access to skills your business needs to succeed

There are 3 different types of apprenticeships available in Scotland:

Foundation Apprenticeships provide work-based learning opportunities for secondary school pupils in S5 and S6. A learning provider will train the apprentice for a qualification and help them to undertake real projects for your business.

Modern Apprenticeships mean new and existing employees can undertake an industry-approved qualification while working. A learning provider will help train your apprentice.

Graduate Apprenticeships enable new or existing employees to achieve a college or university level qualification while working for you. Their work-based learning will contribute to their accreditation.

Apprenticeships are available in a wide range of fields.

Am I eligible?

Yes, if your business is based in Scotland.

There are more than 100 Modern Apprenticeships available, from construction and digital media, to hospitality and social services.

Graduate Apprenticeships are available in various subjects including software development, engineering and management.

What does this cost?

There are no costs for Foundation Apprentices as they're still at school.

Modern and Graduate Apprentices will be working for your business, so you’ll pay their wages like any other employee. However, the costs of their learning will be paid in part or in full, depending on the type of apprenticeship.

Who is this for?

Employers in Scotland who want to improve the skills of their existing staff or tap into new talent.

How long does this take?

A Foundation Apprentice will work with your business for 1 day a week for a year.

A Modern Apprenticeship will usually take between 1 and 4 years to complete, depending on the framework and what level of SCQF qualification your apprentice is working towards.

A Graduate Apprenticeship will take between 2 and 4 years, depending on the level they're working towards and the qualifications the apprentice has before they start.

Important information

Skills Development Scotland's Employer Hub website has more information about the different apprenticeships and can help you find the right option for your business.

You can also get free expert advice to answer your questions and help you make the best choice.

Next steps

Visit Skills Development Scotland's Employer Hub to find out how apprenticeships can boost your business.

Support provided by Skills Development Scotland