Apprenticeships at Edinburgh College
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Apprenticeships are a great way of getting valuable work experience which can lead to enhanced employment opportunities.   Edinburgh College offers a range of apprenticeship options which  prepare students for the workplace. 

Modern Apprenticeships
Designed for any age from school leaver onwards, modern apprenticeships combine:

  • Paid employment 
  • college training and 
  • an industry recognised qualification
giving you real life skills for work.


You must be employed to start a modern apprenticeship the training gives you the knowledge and qualifications to develop at your workplace. 

Edinburgh College currently offers apprenticeship programmes in Automotive, Engineering and Fire and Security Systems. Future modern apprenticeship opportunities may include: 
  • Hospitality
  • Customer Service
  • Life Sciences
  • IT Digital

Pre-Apprenticeship Courses are available across a range of disciplines and are suitable for adults of all ages.  They provide an entry route into the trades, helping students to develop their skills and build contacts for future employment opportunities. ​


Foundation Apprenticeships (SCQF Level 6) developed by Skills Development Scotland, with the support of the European Social Fund, enable pupils making their choices in S4 to S6 to complete elements of a Modern Apprenticeship while still at school. 
From August 2016 Edinburgh College will be offering Foundation Apprenticeship programmes in the following areas:

​​​Course​Suitable for​Entry requirements​Start date/Duration
​Financial Services​​Pupils making S5 and S6 choices
Minimum of five National 5s:
>English A-C
>4 subjects A-C
​June 2016 / 1 year
​IT & Digital Software​Pupils making S5 choices
​Minimum of five National 5s:
>Maths A-C
>A Science or Computing A-C
>3 subjects A-C
August/September 2016 / 2 years
​Civil Engineering​Pupils making S5 choices
Minimum of five National 5s:
>English A-C
>Maths A-C
>A Science A-C
>2 subjects A-C
​August/September 2016 / 2 years

College attendance
2 half days per week: Tuesday and Thursday

The delivery location of each of the programmes is still to be confirmed. Please note there will be funding to support travel to campuses where required.

To apply for Foundation Apprenticeship programmes, Guidance Teachers should complete an application form and submit to
Application forms can be found here.​

Choose one and shape your future now! 

Over 37,000 people in Scotland are currently training for a modern apprenticeship (SDS 2014) and apprenticeship programmes are continuously developing in response to employer and regional demand. 

Future proofing your business is key to growth. Often regarded as the most cost effective way to hire, apprenticeships allow you to develop the knowledge and skills in your workforce and have technical qualified staff with minimal cost to your business. 

Skills Development Scotland can contribute towards apprenticeship training, meaning you only pay the wages for the apprentice you employ. Businesses also have the flexibility to hire a new apprentice in response to new demand or train your existing workforce.

Other employer benefits include: 
  • Introducing new and Innovative ideas into the business through a young workforce
  • Cost effective hiring and employee retention
  • Funding & financial support for the training and qualifications essential for sustainability of the business
  • Succession Planning and addressing age demographics in the business
  • Being competitive in the marketplace
To arrange a meeting or find out more about apprenticeships at Edinburgh College please contact or call 0131 535 4800. ​

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