You can take foundation apprenticeships alongside Highers and National 5s, usually starting in 5th year at school (S5).

Foundation apprenticeships

Foundation apprenticeships

An introduction to foundation apprenticeships.

Signing up for a foundation apprenticeship means you will spend time away from school, at college and with an employer getting real, practical work experience. It’s a good opportunity to try out a possible career and you can progress into work, onto a Modern Apprenticeship, a graduate level apprenticeship, or other courses at college or university. 

Foundation apprenticeships are available in the following subject areas:

  • business skills
  • civil engineering
  • creative and digital media
  • engineering
  • financial services
  • hardware and system support
  • scientific technologies
  • social services – children and young people
  • social services and healthcare
  • software development 

The foundation apprenticeship programme is still expanding, so what you can do depends where your school is. Foundation apprentices are not employed. Speak to tutors at your school or college to find out what foundation apprenticeships are available in your area.

When you finish school, you can go into employment, progress on to take a modern apprenticeship, or to college and university.

Foundation apprenticeships – software development.