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Not sure where apprenticeships fit into your business? Not a problem. We have a team of experts on hand to give you the support you need.

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What are apprenticeships?

With apprenticeships, you can nurture the next generation of workers or develop your existing staff. An apprentice will work for you, while studying for a recognised qualification.

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Foundation Apprenticeships

Give senior school pupils a taste of the working world. You’ll benefit from the input of young minds and upskill your existing employees. Meanwhile, you’ll help a young person earn a valuable qualification.

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Modern Apprenticeships

Your business needs skilled people – and Modern Apprenticeships provide just that. Use them to help develop your existing employees or train new recruits. 89% of employers would recommend Modern Apprenticeships – what are you waiting for?

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Graduate Apprenticeships

A great opportunity for businesses with specific skills needs. Apprentices will learn on the job, while working towards a degree level qualification. They can be used to recruit the business brains of the future, or to develop your current employees.

Apprenticeships help provide the nursery with the future workforce we need. It’s a cycle of growth to bring new and enthusiastic practitioners into the business.
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Mhairi Wallace

Somerset Nursery Manager

How apprenticeships can benefit your business

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Attract talented workers

You’ll work with the next generation of motivated employees. This is your chance to tap into some of Scotland’s brightest talent.

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Develop your employees and save on recruitment costs

Develop your employees in their current role or train them up for a new position. Investing in your existing employees reduces staff turnover.

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Adapt to a modern market

Your employees are keen to learn and develop within their role. Apprenticeships are a great way to give them first-class training.

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Our executives have given apprenticeships support to more than 1,200 employers. They'll help you set up a tailored apprenticeship programme.

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Apprenticeship development

How are apprenticeships made? Who decides what goes into an apprenticeship?

They're developed and designed by groups of employers, employees and stakeholders. Get involved and you can help shape the future of Scottish Apprenticeships.

Developing apprenticeships means influencing work-based learning and training in your industry. You’ll help create high-quality apprenticeships that are relevant to your workplace.

Together we'll make sure employees develop skills your business needs to thrive, now and in the future.

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