The Apprenticeship Approvals Group (AAG) has responsibility for approving all Scottish apprenticeships from 1 April 2020. It is an employer-led group aimed at ensuring Scottish apprenticeships meet the needs of employers.  


The Group’s role and purpose is to: 

  • approve all Scottish apprenticeships  
  • ensure that apprenticeships fit with policy  
  • oversee and ensure quality assurance in apprenticeship development activity  

For more information, see:

The group will work closely with the Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board (SAAB) Standards and Frameworks group.  


Ruth Jennings of Sainsbury’s is Chair of the Apprenticeship Approvals Group and a member of SAAB Standards and Frameworks Group.  

Remaining membership is made up of employers and experts from a variety of different sectors. 


The Group meets approximately every month and minutes of the meetings are published, following approval from the Group’s Chair: 

Note: the Apprenticeship Approvals Group (AAG) replaces the Modern Apprenticeship Group which formally dissolved on 31 March 2020. The new approval process now covers foundation and graduate apprenticeships, as well as all modern apprenticeships.  

You can still view minutes from previous Modern Apprenticeship Group meetings.

Submission Deadlines

AAG Meeting

AAG Sub Group

Submission Deadline to Sub Group

6th August

23rd July

9th July

3rd September

20th August

6th August

1st October

17th September

3rd September

5th November

22nd October

8th October

3rd December

19th November

5th November

If you have any enquires regarding submissions, please contact AAG Secretariat –