Foundation Apprenticeships

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Unemployment rates in Scotland are significantly higher for young people compared with adults. To change this, we need to support pupils to build the skills they’ll need to be successful when they leave school.

Foundation Apprenticeships have been developed to help young people gain valuable, real-world work experience and access work-based learning while they’re still at school.

Dundee and Angus College are offering ten Foundation Apprenticeship programmes, starting in 2018 summer term:

Accounting Skills
Business Skills
Civil Engineering
Creative and Digital Media
Engineering Technician
Hardware System Support
Social Services Children and Young People
Social Services & Healthcare
Scientific Technologies
Software Development

Read about Arbroath High pupil Eilidh's experience of doing a Foundation Apprenticeship in Software Development.

Find out more about what the college is offering by contacting Julie McDonald at or 01241 432691
You can also speak to your school Guidance Teacher (Dundee schools) or Pupil Care and Support Teacher (Angus schools).

Foundation Apprenticeships are a work-based learning opportunity for secondary school pupils in S5 and S6. Young people spend time out of school at college or with a local employer, and complete the Foundation Apprenticeship alongside their other subjects like National 5s and Highers.

The qualification takes two years to complete and is linked to one of six key sectors of the Scottish economy, so young people are getting industry experience which will help them kick-start a successful career in their chosen field.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney has announced the expansion of the Foundation Apprenticeship programme, read the full news story here.

Two of our Social Services and Healthcare Foundation Apprentices have shared their story:

Find out more about Foundation Apprenticeships at