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More Foundation Apprenticeship opportunities will help Scotland’s employers grow the skills their business needs.

The year ahead will see Skills Development Scotland (SDS) provide over 5,000 Foundation Apprenticeship opportunities for young people at school, delivering on a key Scottish Government commitment to work-based learning.

Foundation Apprenticeships are open to pupils in the senior phase of secondary school and support a range of career pathways including Modern and Graduate Apprenticeships, work, college or university. 

Providing a qualification at SCQF6, the same level as a Higher, this innovative new pathway combines time out of school with a learning provider and work-based learning with a relevant employer.

Meeting Scottish Government ambition

Available in twelve subjects, Foundation Apprenticeships are offered in every local authority in Scotland.

SDS Chair, Frank Mitchell, said work-based learning and apprenticeships are vital for Scotland’s future prosperity.

He said: “At a time of unprecedented change in the economy, apprenticeships offer employers in Scotland a unique opportunity to invest in and secure the skills their business needs for the future.

“Meeting Scottish Government’s ambitions to offer 5,000 Foundation Apprenticeship opportunities over the next year means more chances than ever before for pupils to benefit from work-based learning.

“SDS is committed to working with local and national partners in education, skills and industry to ensure that young people have access to and benefit from these opportunities.”

New approach for education and employers

New and innovative opportunities like Foundation Apprenticeships require a systemic approach to bringing education and employers closer together to develop the workforce.

Foundation and Graduate Apprenticeships are funded by the Scottish Government and developed by SDS, in partnership with employers, universities and colleges with support from the European Social Fund.

Foundation Apprenticeships are for school pupils to take alongside qualifications such as Highers, while Graduate Apprenticeships allow individuals to get qualified up to Master’s degree level whilst in employment.

More information

Employers, young people and parents can find out more about Foundation Apprenticeships at

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