Why choose a Modern Apprenticeship?

A Modern Apprenticeship (MA) offers you the opportunity to gain industry recognised qualifications through a combination of college and work-based training. This allows you to work, earn and learn at the same time.

You must be employed to enrol on an MA programme.  Many employers recruit for Modern Apprenticeship roles and others offer existing employees the opportunity to undertake this training.  This is a chance achieve an industry recognised qualification that will vastly improve your career prospects without having to study full time.

An apprenticeship is an investment - both for you and your employer. The rewards are enormous on both sides. As you develop and strengthen your skillset, you are likely to grow in confidence, contributing more to your job role and bringing new ideas into the workplace.

An MA qualification will help you progress within your chosen field of work, and could also create opportunities for advanced college or university entry.

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Learning through College and Work

Your training will be provided over an agreed term, typically for most apprenticeships this ranges from 2 to 4 years. Unless your apprenticeship is purely work based you will attend College initially on a day or block release period whilst also working towards a training plan at work. As your apprenticeship progresses you will find that the time you spend at College reduces and your training becomes solely work based.

In return you will be expected to carry out the required training and assessments whilst performing your day to day role for your employer.

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Who pays?

Your employer and Skills Development Scotland (SDS) will meet the cost of Modern Apprenticeship employee training, so there's no cost to you to learn new skills.

The only investment you need make is in terms of time - the effort that you put in will bring enormous rewards, in the form of improved self-confidence, competence, efficiency and motivation.

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Eligibility and Entry Requirements

You must be over 16 and employed to be an MA and both you and your employer must be in agreement on the type of apprenticeship path you wish to take. Entry requirements vary according to the specific apprenticeship you choose.

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Find out more

My World of Work is Skills Development Scotland's web service, offering valuable information and resources to people in Scotland who are looking for employment, or looking to develop their careers.

Visit the My World of Work website to find lots more information on Modern Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships in Scotland is a social enterprise project and Scotland’s national vacancy handling service for youth employment. Apprenticeship opportunities and trainee vacancies are listed at: www.apprenticeshipsinscotland.com

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

If you're already in a job, and you're interested in starting a MA, you should speak to your employer to discuss which options may be open to you.

You and your employer must complete the online application form together and be in agreement on the type of apprenticeship you are hoping to start.  

I don’t currently have a job – can I apply for an MA?

You need to be in employment to take part in a modern apprenticeship. However there are employers who are looking to recruit individuals into a job role and then onto a modern apprenticeship programme.

Browse the job search section on the My World of Work website

What will I get paid?

Although there is no set rate of pay for apprentices, you're entitled to the national minimum wage for an apprentice.

Find out more about Modern Apprenticeship pay and holidays

Is there an upper age limit?

No, the programme is open to anyone aged 16 and over. If you're over 25 you can still apply, but your employer may have to pay for the cost of training, depending on the sector and Modern Apprenticeship selected.

What is expected of me as an MA?

You will be expected to undertake the necessary training and assessments, attending courses if required, and you must keep up-to-date records. As any other employee, you should be diligent and punctual, behaving in a responsible manner at all times. 

What happens to my MA if I leave my employer?

You may continue on the same apprenticeship providing your new employer and the College agree, and your new job role is still relevant to your apprenticeship programme.

Will I need qualifications to get in?

Not necessarily. While some industries want apprentices who already have standard grades at general level other employers don’t ask for any formal qualifications at all. Some employers may ask for previous experience in certain industries.

As core skills are required for all modern apprenticeships, an existing core skills profile may be asked for on application. 

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If you have any questions or require further information at any stage of this process please don't hesitate to get in touch:

Modern Apprenticeship Team
Telephone: 01346 586110
Email: MATeam@nescol.ac.uk

My World of Work is Skills Development Scotland's web service and a useful resource, offering valuable information and resources to people in Scotland who are looking for employment, looking to develop their career or looking to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships. 

Visit the My World of Work website to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships

Find out what apprentices across Scotland have to say about their apprenticeship experience

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