Information for Employers

Foundation and Modern Apprenticeships what is the difference?

A Foundation Apprenticeship is industry recognised and enables young people to complete elements of a Modern Apprenticeship before they leave school. Therefore, if your business is already involved in Modern Apprenticeships it allows you to identify high performing young people who can go on to complete and fast track a Modern Apprenticeship saving you as an employer both time and money.

What does the work placement element involve?

In partnership with the college, the employer would receive an outline of what the student was expected to cover during the course of the work placement. This would be verified by an assessor provided by the college who would come out and visit the student and the employer during the course of the placement. The work placement would last a school academic year ranging from September to June. The employer would be fully supported during the course of the placement should any issues arise.

Are there any costs to involved to the Employer?

 Employers should not incur any direct costs for being involved in the programme, only the investment of their time,

which can result in lasting rewards with access to talented and driven young people. 

Why Should I get Involved?

A great opportunity for you as an employer to spot talented, motivated pupils who could become your future employees.

• Foundation Apprenticeships work on real projects with your staff. They bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to those tasks.

• Young people get to know your business. Therefore if you chose to recruit, they can come in with a useful working knowledge of it.

• It helps your business build stronger links with local schools and colleges, and also gives you as an employer the opportunity to deliver on the recommendations for employers from Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce.

• Young people offer new exciting ways of thinking and offer fresh opportunities for your current staff such as mentoring.

• Foundation Apprenticeships are designed with employers like you. So they help young people build the skills your business actually needs for the future.

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