We are committed to developing and growing a world-class and inclusive work-based learning system in Scotland. Apprenticeships demonstrate and promote the benefits work-based learning brings to businesses, individuals and the Scottish economy.

Scottish Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships help individuals from every walk of life the opportunity to build the experience and skills that employers want to see. 

SDS administers Scottish Apprenticeships on behalf of Scottish Government, which incorporates Foundation Apprenticeships (FAs), Modern Apprenticeships (MAs) and Graduate Apprenticeships (GAs).

Scottish Apprenticeships continue to expand in line with the Scottish Government’s Youth Employment Strategy ambition to reach 30,000 apprenticeship starts annually by 2020. 

We aim to achieve this target by:

  • developing and delivering new apprenticeship models that expand the scale and reach of work-based learning options
  • strategically expanding existing Modern Apprenticeship provision
  • focusing on key sectors, in line with employer demand
  • improving the availability of high quality, valued, work-based learning opportunities, putting them on a par with existing academic routes to learning

With greater opportunity for taking up apprenticeships, there is also scope to enable individuals to move from education to employment more quickly – saving public money, raising tax receipts and saving individuals’ time in education and training.

Equality, diversity and inclusion in apprenticeships is a key commitment. More detail can be found in the Apprenticeship Equality Action Plan Report 2019.