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An enthusiastic and trained workforce underpins Scotland's ambition for economic success. Modern Apprenticeships support this goal by providing individuals with the opportunity to secure industry recognised qualifications while earning a wage.

Employers benefit from a skilled and productive workforce, and from financial assistance for training through Skills Development Scotland.

A Modern Apprentice could be a new team member or an existing employee seeking to increase their capability. Apprentices receive training to match your business growth needs. As an employer, you can pass on your experience, supporting your apprentice's development. 

With 25,000 Modern Apprenticeships available this year, fantastic opportunities exist whether you plan to enter the world of work or introduce new enthusiasm and capability to your workforce. 


Visit My World of Work to find out how you can become a Modern Apprentice.

The Modern Apprenticeship Group (MAG) oversees the management and delivery of the Modern Apprenticeship programme in Scotland. Find out more about the work of the group here.


  • 12 March 2014

    Modern Apprentices and the next generation of young coding experts came together to highlight the MA Ambassador programme today in Edinburgh.

  • 14 November 2013

    An apprentice who introduced a meat delicacy from the most southern part of Africa to the most northern part of the UK has been named Scotland’s Modern Apprentice of the Year.

Visit Our Skillsforce to find out how you can employ a Modern Apprentice.


Approved Modern Apprenticeship Training Providers 2013/2014 (pdf) - Providers approved to deliver Modern Apprenticeship training for the period 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014.

Modern Apprenticeship Survey of Employers 2013 (pdf) - Employers' use and views of Modern Apprenticeships and the benefits and impact that MAs bring to employers.

Modern Apprenticeship Outcomes report 2012 (pdf) - A report based upon the analysis of a telephone survey of 2,000 Modern Apprentices in Scotland, who had left their apprenticeship around six months previously.

Further statistical information on MA starts, leavers, individuals in training and achievements can be found in the Statistics section of the website.

Case studies

  • 19 February 2013

    An East Kilbride Scotch Whisky producer created the perfect blend of training for their employers by making use of Skills Development Scotland's Modern Apprenticeship training.

  • 19 February 2013

    Scottish and Southern Energy recruit around 100 young people each year – investing in a stream of young talent which they say keeps their business innovative and dynamic.

Visit our MA Ambassadors section to find out more about the Ambassador Programme.

Find out how you can become involved in delivering Modern Apprenticeships on our Provider Central website.

Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2014 will take place from 19 to 23 May. Find out how you can get involved here.

  • 30 April 2014

    Find out about funding from Employer Engagement Advisors and network with businesses in your area.

  • 29 April 2014

    Holyrood’s Learning Through Technology conference will consider ongoing developments in policy, resource and practice; exploring the effective use of technology to enhance the learning experience.