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  • 20 February 2015

    The 17-year-old had the opportunity of work experience at the Anderston restaurant through Skills Development Scotland's Certificate of Work Readiness employability programme.

  • “We got involved with Modern Apprenticeships because we felt we were missing a trick” said Sarah Sand, Graduate Recruitment and Programme Manager with Aberdeen Asset Management.

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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. 

Young Scot Card

The Young Scot National Entitlement Card for young people is a free electronic smart card for everyone aged 11 to 26. 

If you are 16, 17 or 18 you can apply for your Young Scot NEC Card and this will entitle you to cheaper transport on buses, trains and ferries. This includes:

  • One-third off adult single fares on buses all over Scotland
  • Up to 50% off weekly or monthly tickets and up to one-third off single or return train journeys in Scotland
  • Two free return ferry journeys to the mainland if you live on an island

For more information on discounts and other benefits, please go to the Young Scot website.


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.


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

Find the Modern Apprenticeship Framework that would work for your business.


Modern Apprenticeship Survey, Employed Trainees May 2014 (pdf)  survey asking Modern Apprentices what they think about their training. Useful infographic for a snapshot of the results.

Approved Modern Apprenticeship Training Providers 2014/2015 (pdf) - Providers approved to deliver Modern Apprenticeship training for the period 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015.

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.

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.