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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 wage depends on the type of job and training you do, but you are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for apprentices. From April 2018 it is £3.80 an hour.

The basic average pay rate for 16-18 year old apprentices in Scotland is £5.18 an hour, and £6.45 an hour for 19-20 year olds. (Source: BEIS Research Paper No 15: Apprenticeship Pay Survey 2016: Scotland)

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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