Foundation Apprenticeships provide work-based learning opportunities for young people, supporting skills demands from employers and creating pathways into critical occupations for the Scottish economy.
Taken over one or two years by senior phase school pupils alongside Nationals and Highers, completion of a Foundation Apprenticeship leads to a qualification at the same level as a Higher.
Recognised by all Scottish universities and colleges, Foundation Apprenticeships support progression on to a job, such as a Modern or Graduate Apprenticeship, or on to further and higher education.
Skills Development Scotland Director of Critical Skills and Occupations, Diane Greenlees said:
“Foundation Apprenticeships continue to be embedded in the education and skills system, creating increasingly valuable and essential work-based learning pathways for pupils.
Skills Development Scotland is committed to working with partners to ensure that pupils get access to high quality work-based learning opportunities to help bring schools and employers closer together.”
What are the benefits of Foundation Apprenticeships?
For the School
Programmes are delivered within teaching time at no cost to the schools. Takes pressure away from limited teaching resources.
For the Pupils
Explore industries and areas of work which take their interest. Gain valuable work ready skills and a qualification. Bridges the gap between school and the workplace. Pupils may gain permanent employment.
For the Training Provider
Provides a beginning pipeline of candidates to move from Foundation Apprenticeships into Modern Apprenticeships.
For the Employer
Employers are provided with an enthusiastic pupil who is keen to learn and take on tasks for them at no cost. Pupils are trained by the training provider and supported
Foundation Apprenticeships with Virtual Learning Academy
From June 2020 we will be offering two foundation apprenticeships to 48 pupils:
- Cohort 1 will be a 2 year Foundation Apprenticeship in Business Skills – 12 places
- Cohort 2 will be a 1 year Foundation Apprenticeship in Business Skills – 12 places
- Cohort 3 will be a 2 year Foundation Apprenticeship in Creative & Digital Media – 12 places
- Cohort 4 will be a 1 year Foundation Apprenticeship in Creative & Digital Media – 12 places