Employers and Apprenticeships

Foundation 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 

Find out more from Skills Development Scotland about taking on a Foundation Apprentice.

Modern Apprenticeships

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.

Find out more from Skills Development Scotland about taking on a Modern Apprentice.

Graduate apprenticeships 

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.

Find out more from Skills Development Scotland about Graduate Apprenticeships.


SRUC’s Barony Campus students were given a unique entrepreneur opportunity thanks to DYW DG and Chamber of Commerce partnership working and support for the introduction of the ‘Entrepreneur Aspire’ Award. SRUC looks forward to offering this entrepreneur opportunity next academic year, with a possible option to include other regions within Scotland. It is a pleasure to work with DYW DG, who are so enthusiastic and supportive of our students and their business aspirations for the future.

Julie Parker, Senior Tutor, SRUC Barony Campus

The feedback from the pupils was fantastic and we were over the moon with how our first site visit went  – it was so exciting to hear how enthusiastic the young people were about a future career with the industry and how our different team members had inspired them to look at certain roles that they hadn’t necessarily thought about before.

Emma Porteous, Marketing Manager, Robinsons, Lockerbie


Working in partnership with DYW DG, we have had great success in targeting potential future candidates in areas to suit our operational activities within Dumfries and Galloway. Since our involvement with DYW D&G, we have successfully recruited 11 trainees within Dumfries Galloway over the last 18 months and discussed our various training programmes with around 2,500 of our young people at a number of events.

Kenny Bowie, Head of Planning and Design, SPEN, Dumfries.


At Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES), we are committed to advancing equality of opportunity. The partnership we have established with DWY DG will allow us to reach out to more young people, including young women. We want to highlight the variety of roles and careers in the industry and encourage young people to consider an apprenticeship with FES as a pathway into a career in forestry, and DYW DG are important and valued partners in this process.

Ashley Woodhouse, Forest Enterprise Scotland

Before DYW approached us, we didn’t have the confidence to consider employing a young person straight from school. We didn’t know quite what to expect, or even where to start looking for the right young person. But with DYW’s help, it became a quick and easy process. DYW put in the time – they came to visit us, were always there with help and support, and their enthusiasm for the young people who came to visit us really shone through and helped us engage with them.

Murray Farm Care