Employers and Apprenticeships
Young people need a helping hand to be ready for work while they're still at school. Foundation Apprenticeships support these young people as they move from education into the world of work, helping them develop the skills, experience and knowledge they’ll need while at the same time addressing an employers' needs.
As an employer, you can play an important part in finding and shaping Scotland's future workforce, as well as getting the chance to meet skilled and motivated young people you could recruit in the future.
What’s in it for your business? A foundation apprenticeship gives you:
- The opportunity to meet talented, motivated school pupils who could become your future employees
- New ideas and fresh perspectives from young people
- The chance to help young people build the skills your industry needs for the future
- Stronger links with your community and local schools and colleges
- Better prepared future employees – young people get the chance to develop soft skills such as time management, teamwork and communication, making them better prepared for the workplace
Modern Apprenticeships can help you build a motivated and skilled workforce. Apprentices bring fresh skills to your business and help keep it up-to-date with the latest technology and working practices.
The Scottish Government, through Skils Development Scotland, contributes towards the costs of training your modern apprentice. You can either hire a new person for this role or make an existing staff member an apprentice. The apprentice learns on the job and gets to know your business inside out. They receive structured, on-the-job training and an industry-recognised and relevant qualification.
There are more than 80 types of Modern Apprenticeships, so there's bound to be one that suits your business needs.
Graduate Apprenticeships are designed around the needs of industry. With graduate apprenticeships, employers can develop their workforce and ensure they have the professional skills that their business needs.
There's no maximum age limit, and graduate apprenticeships can be used to recruit and train new employees or help existing employees obtain a qualification.
Graduate Apprentices work full time, with around 80% of their time in the workplace and 20% at university or college.