Apprenticeships are a great way of getting valuable work experience which can lead to enhanced employment opportunities. They are a great way to get valuable on hands experience within a workplace while receiving college based education.  Edinburgh College offers a range of apprenticeship options which prepare students for the workplace. 

Foundation Apprenticeships

Foundation Apprenticeships (SCQF Level 6) are specially designed for S5 & S6 school pupils and combine college learning, qualifications and work experience with top organisations while you are still at school. 
Fast track your career with skills and qualifications that employers need. Whether you are looking to go straight into employment, join a full Modern Apprenticeship or start university, a Foundation Apprenticeship can set you apart from the rest.


These 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. 

Designed for any age from school leaver onwards, modern apprenticeships can give you real-life skills for work by combining:
  • paid employment 
  • college training and 
  • an industry recognised qualification

Modern Apprenticeships

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
  • Fire and Security Systems
  • Hospitality
  • Life Sciences
  • Creative & Digital Media


Over 36,000 people in Scotland are currently training for a modern apprenticeship (SDS 2016) 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 technically 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 a 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 the 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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