Modern Apprenticeships

Modern Apprenticeships

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A Modern Apprenticeship is a job combined with part time training. You work towards a recognised qualification, usually a Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) at SCQF Levels 5 through to 9.

Modern Apprenticeships are aimed at people aged 16 and over. You can train in over 80 different types of Modern Apprenticeship, from plastering or hairdressing, to IT and telecommunications or creative and digital media. But not all types of apprenticeships are available in every area. 

What's involved?

Most apprentices train for 2-4 years. Training usually has three parts:

You develop a Training Plan with your employer and training provider, and your progress is reviewed regularly. A training provider can be a college, a training company or an industry-based organisation – like CITB, the Sector Skills Council for the construction industry.

Will I get paid?

Yes! You're an employee from day one of your training. You usually get the going rate for the job. 

The starting salary for a Modern Apprentice is often based on the National Minimum Wage (NMW), but some employers may offer a higher salary. At present the apprentice rate, for those aged under 19 or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship, is £4.30 an hour (1 April 2021).

Do I need qualifications to get in to a Modern Apprenticeship?

It depends on the industry and level of job you go into. Most Modern Apprenticeships don't need formal qualifications, but some do.

When can I apply?

Most employers and training providers don't have a set recruitment time.

How do I get involved?

You can:

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