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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.


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


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

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 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

  • “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.

  • “Here at Motive we realise that there is a skills shortage within our industry and we are striving to do our part to reduce this” said Dave Acton, Operations Director

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.

  • 9 December 2014

    Brining together partners and stakeholders in education in Scotland to discuss the vision of the ICT Skills Investment Plan to overcome the skills gap.

  • 4 December 2014

    Series of events organised by the Skills Committee to stimulate debate around current skills issues.