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The Nutshell Guide to Apprenticeships has been created by the National Parent Forum Scotland (NPFS) on behalf of Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and is being distributed nationwide.

The Nutshell Guide which is also available online on the NPFS website provides key information on Foundation, Modern and Graduate Apprenticeships, which were all designed to deliver work-based learning and lead to jobs in demand. It gives parents clear guidance on what each apprenticeship offers, how they can be accessed, the choice of sectors covered and the qualifications that can be gained through completion.

Modern Apprenticeships mean people can work, learn and earn while Foundation Apprenticeships are for pupils to take alongside other subjects such as Highers. Graduate Apprenticeships provide employees with work-based learning up to Master’s degree level.


Head of Foundation and Graduate Apprenticeships at SDS, Diane Greenlees said: “Parents are one of the biggest influencers in helping young people decide what career they want to pursue. The Nutshell Guide gives them a comprehensive explanation of the range of apprenticeships available, how they can be accessed and what opportunities they can lead to.

 “Foundation, Modern and Graduate Apprenticeships have all been developed in partnership with industry to meet the needs of employers, with a focus on developing options within the main growth sectors of the economy to ensure young people have the best career choices.”

Chair of NPFS, Joanna Murphy said: “The NPFS is delighted to see this Nutshell guide reach parents across Scotland. It is an easy to read, concise guide to the apprenticeship family. It is easy for parents to feel left behind when their child starts thinking about further education or training options and the NPFS aims to help parents build up their knowledge so they can, in turn, support their children.”

The guide was officially launched in Fife on Wednesday, 6 December at St Columba’s RC High School, Dunfermline, as part of Fife Council’s Foundation Apprenticeships information event for local parents of secondary school pupils. 

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