Foundation Apprenticeships

Foundation Apprenticeship courses offer an ideal solution to young people wishing to gain a vocational qualification at Higher level, which is highly valued by employers. These courses run as part of your school timetable and usually take 2 years to complete, so are ideally suited to S5 pupils who are staying on into S6. Occasionally some S4 pupils undertake Foundation Apprenticeships where their timetable allows.

If you would like to register your interest please visit or contact your local college.

Some of the providers in Highland currently offering Foundation Apprenticeships include:

Inverness College UHI
North Highland College UHI
West Highland College UHI - courses are networked, so may be available across Highland. Contact the College to find out more.
Virtual Learning Academy - can be offered over 1 or 2 years starting in Summer 2020
Farmer Jones Academy
Ankerville Nursery
Care & Learning Alliance

What is it?

  • Get qualified: work towards a qualification equivalent to a Higher
  • Get experience of what it’s like to work in a real job while still at school
  • Develop work-based skills you can’t learn in the classroom like problem solving, communication and teamwork
  • Work on real projects: find out what it’s like to work for some of Scotland’s biggest and best employers
  • Widely recognised: a qualification that’s recognised and accepted by Scotland’s colleges and universities
  • Spend time out of school: get hands-on experience of the real world
  • Complements your school learning: it’s an integrated part of your school timetable and so fits alongside your other subject choices
  • Fast-track your Modern Apprenticeship: in many cases, a Foundation Apprenticeship incorporates elements of a Modern Apprenticeship, helping you fast-track through.
  • Designed by employers: so you can be sure that your Foundation Apprenticeship is helping you develop skills and knowledge that employers are looking for
  • Focused on growth industries: Foundation Apprenticeships are available in a wide range of growth industries that offer strong career prospects for the future

How will it help you?

  • Helps you get a job or an Apprenticeship with skills and experience employers need
  • Helps you get to uni or college with a qualification which is recognised across Scotland
  • Stand out from the crowd: with real-world experience of the world of work that will enhance your CV, uni, college or job application
  • Decide on the right career for you: try something you are interested in to make sure it’s the right career for you
  • Grow your networks: make connections with real-life industry contacts that could be useful for your future career
  • Get a foot in the door: it’s your chance to impress a potential future employer.
  • Reach your potential: develop skills and gain experience to help you move on in your life
  • Decide for yourself: get real experience of what a job is like and make up your own mind as to whether it’s right for you
  • Challenge yourself: do something different that could really make a difference to your life

Get work experience, get qualified!

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Development & Delivery Executive, Foundation Apprenticeships, Skills Development Scotland, 1-5 Church Street, Inverness