What is a Foundation Apprenticeship?
Foundation Apprenticeships bridge the gap between school and the workplace. It is a qualification over 1 or 2 years that allows students to gain work experience while they are still at school. They are designed to provide young people with real experience of the world of work, whilst gaining a qualification at the same level as a Scottish Higher (SCQF 6). Students would choose a foundation apprenticeship as one of their subject choices in S5 or S6 and would do this alongside their other subjects. Students must be able to work at SVQ level 6 and meet the entry requirements of the course. Students will spend time in a real workplace, helping them to develop new skills and gain valuable experience.
It is the same Level as a Higher (SCQF6). The only difference is that students are assessed as they go, so there is no final exam.
It counts as an entry qualification to all Universities and Colleges across Scotland. It will also help make a student’s personal statement really stand out.
It gives students great insight into their chosen industry and can sometimes be used to fast track part of a Modern Apprenticeship, or students might choose to go straight to work.
Armed with new skills, more confidence, an industry-recognised qualification and practical experience, a young person will have excellent options including:
Entry to the jobs market: their practical experience, work-readiness and new skills will enhance their C.V and/or their personal statement.
Ability to access a Graduate Level Apprenticeship, going to work for an employer while studying for a degree.