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. If you'd like to get involved, 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.  


Who can get involved

Organisations from all sectors can register their interest here. We welcome everyone to get involved! The next planned developments are for:

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Construction
  • Digital Applications
  • Digital Marketing
  • Energy
  • Management
  • Payroll
  • Plumbing and Heating
  • Textiles

How you can make a difference

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


Employee workshops

Employee workshops are a great way to get involved. We're looking for employees who have completed the apprenticeship or have relevant job experience. You'll help us to understand the roles apprentices might do. 


Technical Expert Groups (TEGs)

TEGs are employer-led groups made up of industry bodies, employers and trade unions. They're a unique opportunity to influence apprenticeship development in your area of expertise. 


Wider consultation

This is an opportunity for anyone interested in apprenticeship development. You can help make sure the apprenticeships fit your business needs. Whether you’re an employee, employer, provider or stakeholder, we'd welcome your feedback.

Take the next step

It’s quick and easy to let us know you'd like to get involved with developing apprenticeships. We'll ask you to fill in a short form with your contact details and your industry sector(s). After that we'll get in touch to take it forward. Thank you!

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

Request a change to an apprenticeship

Have you found that existing apprenticeships don't meet your needs? You can request to change a current framework or suggest a new framework that would work well for you and your industry.

Request a change or suggest a new apprenticeship

Changes to Scottish Apprenticeship Standards and Frameworks

The system for Apprenticeship Standards and Frameworks in Scotland is changing to make it more responsive. This ensures that apprenticeships reflect the world of work, today and in future.

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

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