The Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board (SAAB) was established following recommendations from the Commission for Developing Scotland's Young Workforce.

It is led by employers and representatives from industry bodies across a range of sectors and provides employer leadership and contribution to the development of apprenticeships in Scotland, ensuring they are aligned with:

  • Industry and Economic Need
  • Fair Work
  • Job Opportunities

The SAAB is responsible for providing advice and making recommendations on the guiding principles, operational policy, systems and structures supporting apprenticeships in Scotland.  

Skills Development Scotland works with the SAAB to ensure there is a demand-led, responsive and adaptive work-based learning system for employers and the Scottish economy.

Defining an Apprenticeship Consultation

Our Defining an Apprenticeship consultation is now open, aimed at providing a clear and comprehensive definition of what an apprenticeship is in Scotland’s skills system. We want to hear your views.

Complete the consultation online here.

For further detail on the consultation please read our supporting information.      

SAAB Spotlight On Series

Organisational Learning and Development Lead at Scottish Water Chair of the SAAB Employer Engagement Group

I believe there is massive potential to grow the apprenticeship offer in Scotland. Moreover, I think that the timing is better now than it ever has been.

Read our full interview with Paul Campbell

Alison McGregor, CEO Scotland for HSBC Member of the SAAB Group Board.

SAAB brings key stakeholders together, employers, education and government to discuss and inform how we create pathways to work.

Read our full interview with Alison McGregor

Toby Peyton Jones, Director of HR at Siemens PlcMember of the SAAB Group Board.

SAAB is a great forum to share the employers’ voices and have them clearly heard, but heard in the context of the other stakeholders needed to make the whole system work.

Read our full interview with Toby Peyton Jones

Edel Harris, Chief Executive at CornerstoneMember of the SAAB Employer Engagement Group

Providing an opportunity for apprentices to discover all aspects of a job in social care and hopefully igniting a passion should lead to great things not just for the individual but for others whose lives they touch.

Read our full interview with Edel Harris

Steven Grier, Country Manager at MicrosoftMember of the Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board Equalities Group

The popularity of the Modern Apprenticeship programs has been inspirational and it's really encouraging to see Foundation Apprenticeships and Graduate Apprenticeship programs adding to the possibilities.

Read our full interview with Steven Grier

Paul Campbell Organisational Learning and Development Lead at Scottish Water

Alison McGregor Alison McGregor, CEO Scotland for HSBC

Toby Peyton Jones Toby Peyton Jones, Director of HR at Siemens Plc

Edel Harris Edel Harris, Chief Executive at Cornerstone

Steven Grier Steven Grier, Country Manager at Microsoft

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The SAAB is made up of four groups:

Group Board

The Board is responsible for providing advice and making recommendations on the guiding principles, operational policy, systems and structures supporting apprenticeships. Its members are senior business representatives.

Employer Engagement Group

This group listens to and communicates with employers. It gathers insight on how to support and encourage employer participation in apprenticeships.

Employer Equalities Group

The aim of this group is to address under-representation in apprenticeships, and support better access to and participation in apprenticeships.

Frameworks and Standards Group

This group oversees the development of apprenticeship frameworks and standards.

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