North East Scotland College (NESCol) is approved by Skills Development Scotland to deliver the Modern Apprenticeship (MA) programme. The NESCol programme is one of the largest in Scotland, with apprenticeships in place across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire in the following sectors: automotive; business and administration; engineering; hairdressing and health & social care.
NESCol also run construction, electrical and plumbing apprenticeships on behalf of specialist organisations who are responsible for administering the schemes.
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Modern Apprenticeships Explained
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An MA provides anyone aged 16 or over the opportunity to achieve industry recognised qualifications whilst working. Individuals must be employed to enrol on an MA programme, but they are available to both new and existing employees.
Modern Apprenticeships come in all shapes and sizes, and typically last from 2-4 years depending on the type of apprenticeship and the ability of the apprentice. This increasingly popular career pathway is an alternative to full-time study – a way of gaining new skills and improving job prospects whilst getting paid.
Modern Apprenticeships are great for employers as well - helping businesses build a stronger, more confident workforce which is equipped with greater skills. Many apprentices also progress to hold senior management positions within organisations.
How does an MA work?
A Modern Apprenticeship is a three-way partnership. The training programme involves the employer, the apprentice and the College. It provides training which is both College and work-based over a period of up to four years, depending on the type of apprenticeship chosen.
Industry recognised qualifications
Modern Apprenticeships are designed by industry for industry. This ensures that the qualifications you gain whilst completing an MA meet the standards and requirements sought by employers. The bodies responsible for developing MAs are known as Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) - these are independent employer-led organisations who consult with industry in order to create the specific MA frameworks. There are many SSCs and many types of MA frameworks.
Each apprenticeship consists of:
- Qualifications and Experience
A lot of this experience and many of the qualifications will be vocational and assessed in the work place, while some may be college-based.
- Developing Core Skills
There are five key areas which are studied to a specified level on all Modern Apprenticeships: communication; numeracy; information and communication technology; problem solving and working with others.
- Industry Specific Training
Bespoke training tailored to your chosen sector.
The MAs offered at NESCol are Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) Levels 2 and 3, which is equivalent to SCQF Levels 5-7 of the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework.
Funded Modern Apprenticeships
The Scottish Government meets the cost of Modern Apprenticeship college-based training via Skills Development Scotland (SDS), so there's no cost to the trainee or the company when it comes to developing an apprentice’s skills at College.
The funding provided covers the direct cost of College course fees, whilst the employer pays the salary of the trainee, who is employed full–time. This ensures everyone benefits by enhancing key skills, thus improving an apprentice’s productivity and confidence in the workplace.