Apprenticeship development

Apprenticeships are developed by employers, employees and other stakeholders with expert knowledge. They engage in a process to create an apprenticeship based on the reality of the workplace. They also take into account the economic importance and demand for the apprenticeship.

Who can get involved

Organisations from all sectors can register interest and we welcome everyone to get involved. We're particularly interested in hearing from those who can support with developing frameworks in:

  • Agriculture
  • Construction
  • Customer services
  • Finance
  • Game and wildlife
  • Horticulture
  • Hospitality
  • Management
  • Manufacturing products
  • Retail and travel
  • Rural skills
  • Transport and logistics
  • Trees and timber

Why should I participate?

It’s a unique opportunity to influence work-based learning and training in your industry, profession or sector. You'll help create high-quality apprenticeships that are relevant to your workplace. Employees will develop skills that businesses need to thrive, now and in future. Help shape the future of apprenticeships for Scotland.

Get involved with developing apprenticeships

Employers have an increased voice

Stewart McKinlay is Skills Director for the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS). Here he discusses why NMIS wanted to have a say in the new model and how apprenticeship development supports the sector.

The really important thing here is that employers have an increased voice in the way that the framework is developed and that actually gives them better answers for the problems they have because they know them better than any other.

Watch Stewart's story

Get involved

There are lots of ways to make a difference. Find out how to get involved in developing an apprenticeship.

Employee workshops

Employee workshops are a great way to get involved. You could be an employee, have completed an apprenticeship or have useful experience.

Technical Expert Groups (TEGs)

Technical Expert Group members use their expertise as employers, trade union members and education and qualification experts to help develop apprenticeships. Find out how you could help.

Wider consultation

Anyone who's interested in shaping apprenticeships can get involved. We welcome hearing from apprentices, employers, trade unions and professional bodies.

Changes to Scottish Apprenticeship Standards and Frameworks

The system for Apprenticeship Standards and Frameworks in Scotland is changing to make it more agile and responsive to the evolving world of work. This will ensure that apprenticeships reflect what work looks like today and in the future.

This short document describes what's changing and why, including the structure of apprenticeships.

Read the PDF 'Changes to Scottish Apprenticeship Standards & Frameworks'