Apprenticeships

If you’re trying to decide between getting a job or continuing your education, a Modern Apprenticeship can give you the best of both worlds. With a range of apprenticeships in digital technologies, it’s a great way to kick-start your career.

WHAT IS A MODERN APPRENTICESHIP?

A Modern Apprenticeship combines working and learning, giving you the best of both worlds. You get the skills, experience and qualifications that employers are looking for, whilst also getting paid.

From day one you’ll be:

  • Working – an apprenticeship is a proper job with a proper employer, and loads of businesses are involved
  • Learning – as well as gaining skills and hands-on experience you’ll work towards a qualification that is valued by industry and can get your career moving
  • Earning – Your Modern Apprenticeship is a real job that earns you real pay

Most of the time you’ll be based at your workplace, and in some apprenticeships you’ll benefit from off-the-job training. This usually happens at your local college or with a specialist training provider. Often it’s on a day-release basis, maybe once a week, or in a block over a number of days.

For more information about Modern Apprenticeships visit www.apprenticeships.scot.


WHAT QUALIFICATION WILL I RECEIVE?

Modern Apprenticeships are available at four different levels, all mapped to the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework – so employers can see exactly what you’ve achieved. Some Apprenticeship qualifications in ICT and Digital can be at the same level as a degree.

They’re accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) too, so you can be sure the skills, training and knowledge you’re getting are relevant and up to date.


WHAT TYPES OF MODERN APPRENTICESHIP ARE AVAILABLE?

There are around 80 different types of Apprenticeships available right now, and a range that can help you kick start your career in digital technologies, including:

  • IT and Telecommunications
  • Information Security
  • Digital Marketing

For more information on the types of apprenticeships available, or to search for job opportunities, visit www.apprenticeships.scot.


WHAT SORT OF EMPLOYERS ARE INVOLVED?

Employers need new talent. That’s why over 10,000 businesses are on board with Modern Apprenticeships, including many of the biggest, best and brightest digital technology companies in Scotland.

And because the MA qualification is developed in partnership with employers and industry, you can be sure that you’ll be getting the skills that employers need.


WHAT QUALIFICATIONS WILL I NEED?

You might be wondering about the qualifications you need to begin your Modern Apprenticeship. The good news is that it varies: different Modern Apprenticeships ask for different qualifications.

As a general rule, employers will ask for a minimum of three or more National 4s (or general level standard grades). More advanced technical apprenticeships could require a significantly higher level of qualification or perhaps experience in the workplace.


HOW CAN I FIND ONE?

More than 25,000 new apprentices start working, earning and learning each year.

If you’re interested in joining them visit the following sites to find out more:

www.apprenticeships.scot

www.baltictraining.com

www.youtrain.com

apprenticeships.qa.com


I'M AN EMPLOYER INTERESTED IN FINDING OUT MORE...

Modern Apprenticeships are great for business.

Whether it’s improving the skills of your existing staff, or recruiting and developing new members of the team, Modern Apprenticeships are a cost effective way of accessing the skills your business needs.

Skills Development Scotland, the national skills agency, makes a contribution to your training costs, and a qualified training provider handles the learning requirements and qualification.

If you’re an employer in digital technology and want to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships for your business, visit www.apprenticeships.scot/take-on-an-ma


MODERN APPRENTICESHIP CASE STUDY: ATOS

The award-winning Atos Apprenticeship Scheme is a great route into a digital career. The company is a global leader in digital service provision, making it a brilliant starting point for aspiring members of the digital workforce. Its Scottish division was established in the 1980s, and the company recently made a huge investment into a pioneering Development and Innovation Centre in Moray. 

Atos has won several awards for employability, including ‘Employer of the Year’ at the National Apprenticeship awards. Its commitment to skills development is clear in the Atos Apprenticeship Scheme, which provides an enriching experience of work in the digital sector for school or college leavers.  

Though an international company, with 93,000 employees across 77 countries, the scheme has strong representation in Scotland. 70 apprentices have joined the scheme since 2011, with 55 still taking part and the remaining recruits now enjoying permanent roles within the company. In fact, just under half of the staff in the Atos Forres team are Modern Apprentices. Atos also offers a Cyber Apprenticeship Programme, and a 12-week Cyber Security Academy. If you’re interested in Atos and its success in Scotland, find out more here.


DIGITAL APPRENTICESHIP CASE STUDY

Learn more about digital apprenticeships in our short case study film, packed with helpful information and advice.