Business Skills

Foundation Apprenticeship


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This Foundation Apprenticeship gives pupils skills and knowledge for a business career. They'll learn about management and business priorities, such as:

  • enterprise

  • project management

  • digital marketing

  • procurement

  • supply chain management

You'll help them gain practical experience for working in various business roles.

Examples of course units include:

National Progression Award (NPA)

  • Understanding business

  • Management of people and finance


  • Plan how to manage and improve your performance in a business environment

  • Design and produce documents in a business environment

Apprenticeship framework(s)

Successful candidates will achieve a Foundation Apprenticeship in Business Skills at SCQF Level 6. This is the same level of learning as an SQA Higher.

SCQF qualification levels explained

Select Level 6 to see the framework document and qualification at that level.

Entry requirements

The pupil would select a Foundation Apprenticeship as a school subject choice. Then they'd go through a recruitment process arranged by the college, or other learning provider. It's great if you can get involved, too.

Pupils should have a good level of English and maths. If they've taken a business subject, that's also an advantage. It's helpful if pupils:

  • can look for solutions to improve processes

  • are good at building relationships

  • can work logically and methodically, under pressure to set deadlines

  • have good attention to detail

  • are open to change

Progression and development

Pupils will get the skills, knowledge and competence to help them move on to:

  • a Modern Apprenticeship

  • more vocational training

  • further study at school or college

These will help them to prepare for working in business and admin.

Are you looking to hire? A Foundation Apprenticeship helps you to spot talented pupils and assess their skills over a longer period than an interview.

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How does it work?

During the apprenticeship, each pupil must complete a work placement of about 1 day a week in S6. This helps them build the evidence needed to complete the units from the SVQ.

It's important that pupils get contact with you, the employer, during S5. This shows them what it's like to work for an employer and how to use business skills in the workplace.

To find tasks that pupils could do across S5 and S6, read the framework document for this apprenticeship.

Cost and funding

There’s no financial cost to you as an employer because the learner is still at school. But investing your time can bring rewards, with access to talented young people in your workplace.

How long will it take?

It can take 1 year or 2 years. Pupils study a Level 6 Foundation Apprenticeship as one of their school subjects, usually over S5 and/or S6.

What's next

Fill out our contact form and we'll connect you with your local learning provider who can talk to you about working with Foundation Apprenticeships.