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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

  • 23 June 2014

    When Graham Burns from Denny took on David McCarry as his first Modern Apprentice last year he admits he did so with some reservations.

  • Investing and training in staff has always been part of the company‚Äôs success, something it considers vital at every level.

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.

  • 2 October 2014

    Careers event for school pupils and anyone else looking for careers advice in Rothesay. Skills Development Scotland, local partners, employers, Argyll College and universities will all be present.

  • 1 October 2014

    Scottish Training Federation Annual Conference - Developing Scotland's Skills for Tomorrow's World