Apprenticeships in Scotland

Everything you need to know about apprenticeships in Scotland, including what levels are available, entry requirements, and more.

Unlike at school, college or on a traditional degree course, an apprenticeship means most of your learning will be through on-the-job training in your place of work. An apprenticeship might be a good option if you like the idea of hands-on learning as well as some classroom-based study.

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What level apprenticeships are available in Scotland?

What are the entry requirements for an apprenticeship in Scotland?

If you’re taking a foundation apprenticeship, you’re not employed. You take it alongside your Highers and National 5s. With modern and graduate apprenticeships, you are employed. To be considered for a modern or graduate level apprenticeship programme in Scotland, you need to be:

  • Aged 16 or over
  • Living in Scotland
  • Not in full-time education

Requirements for international students

If you’re an international student thinking about applying for an apprenticeship in Scotland, you’ll need to be a resident, eligible to work in Scotland and have the necessary visas. If you have any questions about applying as an international student, you should contact the university/college and employer to check your eligibility criteria.

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