Do you have a question about Foundation Apprenticeships? Below, DYW North East have answered some of the most-asked questions by young people and parents in the North-east…

Foundation Apprenticeships - Your questions answered: Parents and young people

What’s a Foundation Apprenticeship worth?

A lot. With a Foundation Apprenticeship you can develop skills for work and gain an industry-recognised qualification that’s worth the same as a Higher – all while you’re at school.

What subjects are there Foundation Apprenticeships available in?

With a Foundation Apprenticeship, there’s something to suit everyone. Each Foundation Apprenticeship has been designed in partnership with employers.

At Level 6, there is:

  • Accountancy
  • Business Skills
  • Civil Engineering
  • Creative and Digital Media
  • Engineering
  • Financial Services
  • Food and Drink Technologies
  • Hardware and System Support
  • Scientific Technologies
  • Social Services Children and Young People
  • Social Services and Healthcare
  • Software Development

At Level 4/5, there is:

  • Automotive
  • Construction
  • Hospitality

How does a Foundation Apprenticeship work?

There are five simple steps of a Foundation Apprenticeship.

  • Choose the Foundation Apprenticeship you'd like, as part of your senior-phase subject choices
  • Spend time with a learning provider
  • Work on industry projects supported by employers
  • Get assessed on the work-based learning you do
  • By completing the Foundation Apprenticeship you will achieve a qualification and develop skills that employers want

I know that a lot of employers look for skills. Would a Foundation Apprenticeship give me these skills?

Of course! With a Foundation Apprenticeship, you will learn many skills that will strengthen your CV or personal statement and that many employers are looking for.

I want to go to college or university to study. Do colleges and universities accept Foundation Apprenticeships?

Yes! Foundation Apprenticeships are recognised by all universities and colleges across Scotland.

I’ve also heard about Modern Apprenticeships. Can a Foundation Apprenticeship lead to a Modern Apprenticeship?

Absolutely! A Foundation Apprenticeship can provide a direct pathway into a Modern Apprenticeship if it’s in the same subject.

Also, if you choose a Foundation Apprenticeship, you will complete a number of modules during the course and you will be ahead of the game when it comes to your Modern Apprenticeship.

If your Foundation Apprenticeship didn’t lead directly to a Modern Apprenticeship, a Foundation Apprenticeship definitely supports and boosts your application for a Modern Apprenticeship because it shows that you understand and are capable carrying out the work that you will do.

Does a Foundation Apprenticeship cost me anything?

Nope! With a Foundation Apprenticeship, all of your costs are covered. This includes costs associated with travelling to and from your Foundation Apprenticeship and equipment.

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