• We’re Skills Development Scotland (SDS), Scotland’s national skills body. It’s our job to help create                                                                 a skilled workforce that’s ready to face the future.Our apprenticeships family plays a key role in setting                                                   people up for success in their careers.  Apprenticeships are designed                                                                                                                        to tackle potential skills gaps, and support new or existing  employees to develop.                                                                                             We work closely with Scotland’s industries to make sure apprenticeships meet their needs.                                                                           SDS administers the funding for apprenticeships training, on behalf of the Scottish Government.

    Apprenticeships offer high quality work-based learning

    That means employees learn on the job, working on real projects with experienced colleagues.                                                                    They can reflect on their work and develop their skills through experience.

    So, individuals get the confidence and qualifications they need to succeed.                                                                                                          And businesses build the talent, productivity and motivation they need to grow.

    Building on success

    There are already more than 37,000 young people working, learning and earning as Modern Apprentices.

    And it’s a real success story. 91% of apprentices still in employment six months after completing                                                                 their Modern Apprenticeship; and 96% of employers say former apprentices are better equipped to do their job.

    To build on the progress of the MA programme, we’ve developed two new strands of the apprenticeship family:

    • Foundation Apprenticeships: Bringing education closer to industry.                                                                                    Foundation Apprenticeships give school pupils a taste of the world of work                                                                                              and help employers shape future talent
    • Graduate Level Apprenticeships: Taking work-based learning higher, Graduate Level                                                       Apprentices can study up to Masters degree level

    Find out how you can get involved as an individual, employer or training provider.