Interested in delivering Foundation Apprenticeships? We'll guide you through the Foundation Apprenticeship contract process. You'll also find handy marketing resources and the latest policy and guidance information.
Deliver learning to Foundation Apprentices
As a learning provider for Foundation Apprenticeships, you’ll:
work closely with local schools and young people
provide training for up to 15 different apprenticeships
work with local and national employers
help Scotland's school pupils gain a qualification and workplace experience
Being a Foundation Apprenticeship learning provider offers many benefits – you'll:
build stronger bonds with employers in your community
get funding to cover apprentice training costs
be supported by SDS throughout your journey
play a part in developing Scotland’s future workforce
Search for publications
You can find apprenticeship frameworks, programme conditions, specifications and more which you'll need as a learning provider or employer.
Find useful resources
We've pulled together a toolkit of handy resources to use when you're promoting apprenticeships.
Frequently asked questions
Got any questions about Foundation Apprenticeships? You might want to know:
There are 12 different Foundation Apprenticeship types available to study at SCQF Level 6. There are also 3 available at SCQF Level 4/5 as part of a pilot. They cover a broad range of subjects and sectors.
A framework describes a type of apprenticeship and what is in it. The framework sets out the skills, knowledge and competencies needed within the apprenticeship.
There are more than 100 apprenticeship frameworks, covering a huge range of jobs. Frameworks cover:
the SCQF level
the qualifications the apprentice will gain
core skills included
how long it takes
details of any industry-specific training
Skills Development Scotland supports training for various age groups that leads to recognised qualifications that are approved apprenticeship frameworks. The training covers a range of skills and industry sectors. Apprenticeship frameworks define the qualifications and their required levels. The level of funding depends on the:
age of the apprentice
apprenticeship (Foundation, Modern or Graduate)
framework being undertaken
SDS administers Scottish Apprenticeships on behalf of Scottish Government.Funding is available up to and including SCQF Level 11.
Foundation Apprentices are usually young people in S4 or S5 who are selecting their subject choices, so they find out about their options at school. Their teachers and careers advisers can support them and give them information.
Learning providers work with local authorities to raise awareness of Foundation Apprenticeships to teachers and promote the opportunities to learners and parents.
Every year, we award contracts to learning providers for Foundation Apprenticeships.
Here’s how to prepare for your contract activation, from your Award letter to recruitment and beyond.
Guidance for Foundation Apprenticeship learning providers
Get help as you start, or continue with, delivering training to Foundation Apprentices. Learn how your contract works, including the Funding Information and Processing System (FIPS).
Foundation Apprenticeships delivery toolkit
This essential toolkit helps you deliver Foundation Apprenticeships. It contains advice, tips and tools based on real experience. It also has a handy activities calendar.
Get in touch
Need to chat to our team? Call our expert advisers on 0800 783 6000 with any questions about providing training for apprenticeships.