An apprenticeship is a way of offering fully or partly funded training or work experience within your business - boosting your team's skills and saving you money. Your apprentice's work with your business will count toward industry-recognised qualifications, up to Master's level if needed.
You can use apprenticeships to develop the skills of your existing staff or to take on and train new talent.
There are three different models of apprenticeship available to employers in Scotland:
A Foundation Apprentice is a school or college student who can work two afternoons or one full day a week at your business over the course of 30 weeks.
You'll get early access to new talent and promote an interest in your industry among the next generation. Meanwhile, your apprentice will receive a qualification and may even continue onto a Modern Apprenticeship with your business.
You can offer a Modern Apprenticeship to an existing member of staff or take on someone new. You'll pay your Modern Apprentice’s wages and Skills Development Scotland will cover 25% to 50% of their training costs. Your apprentice's work with you will count towards an official qualification.