Foundation, Modern and Graduate Apprenticeships

Foundation Apprenticeships

Foundation Apprenticeships are courses designed for S5 and S6 pupils. These courses combine school learning, college learning and work experience.

A Foundation Apprenticeship is studied alongside other school subjects.

Pupils spend time at college and with employers, where they receive on the job training. This leads to an industry-recognised qualification.

Foundation apprenticeships are a good opportunity to try out a possible career. They can lead to employment, a Modern Apprenticeship, a graduate level apprenticeship, or other courses at college or university. 

Foundation apprenticeships subject areas

 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

What apprenticeship you can do depends on what is available in your area.  Talk to your teachers at school or tutors at college to find out more.

What’s in it for you?

A foundation apprenticeship gives you:

  • the chance to get the qualification while you’re still at school 
  • a qualification recognised by employers
  • the opportunity to visit local businesses during your course
  • proper relevant work experience
  • the chance to meet local employers
  • job experience to improve your CV or applications for college, university or jobs 

How to find out more and apply?

Ask your school college link or guidance tutor for more information about foundation apprenticeships available in Dumfries and Galloway. The study part of the apprenticeship is done at Dumfries and Galloway College. Help may also be available with travel costs.

Find out more from Skills Development Scotland about Foundation Apprenticeships.

Modern Apprenticeships

With a Modern Apprenticeship you learn on the job. You get valuable workplace experience while you work towards a qualification.

There are at least 80 types of Modern Apprenticeships available, in a wide range of careers from healthcare and financial services to construction and IT. You get on the job training, designed by employers especially for you. You can gain general skills such as teamwork and timekeeping, as well as skills specific to your career choice and first-hand knowledge of how the industry works. And your work experience counts towards an industry-recognised qualification.

You're paid a wage during your Modern Apprenticeship (either the National Minimum Wage or the standard rate of pay for apprenticeships in that industry) and you receive a certain amount of paid holiday per year in addition to bank holidays.

Find out more from Skills Development Scotland about Modern Apprenticeships.

Graduate Apprenticeships

Graduate Apprenticeships provide a new way into degree-level study (up to Masters level) if you're currently in work or want to go straight into work after school.

A Graduate Apprenticeship can help you build the skills and knowledge you need for the industry of your choice – you'll spend most of your time learning on the job, and getting paid, but you'll also be studying at a university or college.

In 2018, there will be 11 Graduate Apprenticeship courses on offer at 12 different universities and colleges in Scotland.

Find out more from Skills Development Scotland about Graduate Apprenticeships.


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

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.


DYW DG has helped Morrisons to make Stranraer's young workforce in aware of the good career options in supermarket retail, as well as opportunities for career progression. With DYW’s help, we created a schools' presentation to highlight the opportunities available within Morrisons to school leavers and the young workforce, which gave local pupils a better understanding of how the food retail sector operates. I would definitely recommend a partnership with DYW DG and I look forward to working on other projects with the DYW D&G team.

Eleanor, People Manager, Morrisons, Stranraer


As part of our School visit programme, working with DYW DG, we had the pleasure of attending Stranraer Academy. We received a very warm welcome and had a lovely day with the teachers and children. The children were so engaging and excited about the prospect of employment within the rail industry and we found the whole experience to be a humbling one. A huge thank you to DYW DG for organising!

Sandra Cahill, Project Manager, Scot Rail HR

DYW DG has helped Bank of Scotland give young people in Stranraer new avenues in which to explore opportunities locally and in the wider region. Our talk at Stranraer Academy, arranged by DYW, gave students and parents the opportunity to understand the options available in the local area. With DYW's help and support, Bank of Scotland have been able to reach out to the local community and give young people in the area an idea of what retail banking involves.

Craig Daniel, Manager, Bank of Scotland, Stranraer branch