Pathway Apprenticeships

If you've recently left school, are unemployed and not receiving benefits, a Pathway Apprenticeship could help you to prepare for the world of work.

Pathway Apprenticeships are new short training programmes for school leavers aged 18 or under.

They combine qualifications and real work experience to develop the skills and experience that employers are looking for to get you on the right path for the next steps in your career or learning journey. And during the training you will be paid a £100 weekly training allowance!

We offer Pathway Apprenticeships in industry areas with strong future employment prospects:

  • Childcare
  • Construction - Bricklaying
  • Construction - Roofing and Slating
  • Engineering

As well as working towards an industry-recognised qualification, during the programme we will support you to build your confidence and develop key skills like communication, team-working and personal development.

We will also give you advice and guidance on topics such as application forms, CVs and interview and presentation skills to help you get a job.

Successfully completing a Pathway Apprenticeship can lead to employment; further study or on to a Modern Apprenticeship.

Our Pathway Apprenticeships started on 8 February, and additional Construction - Bricklaying and Engineering courses are being offered starting on 8 March, so apply now!

Programme details

Construction - Bricklaying

20 weeks programme, Arbroath Campus
Good with your hands and keen to build a career? This practical and theory brickwork course will cover skills such as Half Brick Walling, One Brick Walling, Cavity Walling, Arch Construction and Bricklaying Piers. It will also feature an introduction to the emerging technologies, health & safety in the construction industry and ICT training to ensure that you will be work-ready.
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26 weeks programme, Kingsway Campus, Dundee
If you’re fascinated by how things work this course could be for you! Learners will undertake units that consist of MAG welding and handfitting, electrical and mechanical maintenance alongwith CAD. These units form part of the MA in Engineering and are transferable skills into many areas of Engineering including off/onshore wind, mechanics, welding and maintenance.
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16 weeks programme, Gardyne Campus
Interested in working with children? This course provides the opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills and attributes required to become a highly-trained practitioner and play a key role in ensuring that children and young people learn and develop well while staying healthy and safe.

Construction - Roofing and Slating

20 weeks programme, Arbroath Campus
Looking for a practical, hands-on career? This course will cover skills such as Single Lap Tiling, Roof Slating, Roof Slating with random widths and Plain Tiling to a Gabled Roof. It will also include an introduction to the emerging technologies, health & safety in the construction industry and ICT training to ensure that you will be work-ready.

Need some support or guidance?

Although our campuses are currently closed, our staff are still working remotely to support our current and future students.

Our dedicated Help Point team are here to assist with queries related to any aspect of college life. They will try to resolve your query immediately however if your query requires more specialist support the team will arrange an appointment with our Student Services Team.

Pathway Apprenticeships have been developed by Skills Development Scotland and partners.

They support the Scottish Government’s Young Person’s Guarantee, which ensures everyone aged between 16 and 24 the opportunity of work, education or training.