Apprenticeships – how to get started and how to apply

Foundation Apprenticeships

Foundation Apprenticeships (FAs) are work-based qualifications for senior-phase secondary school pupils. It’s a qualification that takes you out of the classroom and gets your foot in the door with an employer. You can choose a Foundation Apprenticeship as one of your subjects in S5 or S6, it’s the same level of learning as a Higher (SCQF Level 6).

Edinburgh College and partners offer FAs in the following areas: Accountancy; Business Skills; Civil Engineering; Creative and Digital Media; Engineering; Financial Services; Food and Drink Technologies; IT: Software Development; Scientific Technologies (Laboratory Skills); Social Services and Healthcare.

The Foundation Apprenticeship journey

  1. Research how to choose the apprenticeship as part of your subject choices in S4 or S5.
  2. Spend time out of the class with a learning provider – usually a college like Edinburgh College.
  3. Work with an employer on real projects alongside experienced colleagues.
  4. Get assessed on the work you do with the employer and college.
  5. Successfully finish the apprenticeship so you earn the qualification and essential skills employers want.

How to apply?

You should select College/Foundation Apprenticeship as one of your senior phase subject choices.

You will also need to submit an online application via the Edinburgh College website. You can visit Skills Development Scotland’s Apprenticeships website for more information.

Modern Apprenticeships

Modern Apprenticeships (MAs) allow you to learn on the job, and get the experience you need, as well as working towards a qualification.

Edinburgh College currently offers MA programmes in:

  • Automotive
  • Engineering
  • Fire and Security Systems
  • Hospitality
  • Life Sciences
  • Creative and Digital Media

How to apply?

To study a Modern Apprenticeship, you must be employed. You can search a list of available Apprenticeships being offered by employers on Skills Development Scotland’s Apprenticeships website.

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