Why choose a Foundation Apprenticeship?

Why choose a Foundation Apprenticeship?

Give yourself a head start with a Foundation Apprenticeship.

You can get real-world work experience while you're in fifth or sixth year. And you learn skills that employers want and that strengthen your CV or personal statement.

It’s an industry-recognised qualification you complete – over a year, occasionally two - usually starting in S5 or S6, as one of your subject choices.

It sits at the same level as a Higher, which is recognised by all Scottish colleges and universities. The difference is you spend time with a local specialised learning provider or at college and gain valuable industry experience with some of Scotland’s top employers.

Whatever you want to do after school – progressing into a job, including a Modern or Graduate Apprenticeship or going to college or university – a Foundation Apprenticeship can widen your options.

How it works

This is how a Foundation Apprenticeship works:

  1. Choose the Foundation Apprenticeship you'd like, as part of your senior-phase subject choices
  2. Spend time with a learning provider, such as a college
  3. Work on industry projects supported by employers
  4. Get assessed on the work-based learning you do
  5. By completing the apprenticeship you will achieve a qualification and develop skills employers want

Through Moray College UHI, there are six Foundation Apprenticeship subjects to choose from at SCQF Level 6 and two Foundation Apprenticeship subjects at SCQF Level 4/5.

At Level 6, there is:

  • Business Skills
  • Creative and Digital Media
  • Engineering
  • Food and Drink Technologies
  • Social Services Children and Young People
  • Social Services and Healthcare

At Level 4/5, there is:

  • Hospitality
  • Construction

Apprenticeships help you build the experience and skills that employers want to see. No matter what stage you’re at, they’ll help you get set for a bright future.

The experience helps you develop key transferrable skills. In a recent Skills Development Scotland feedback survey*, 91% of pupils that completed one would recommend it to others.

Ninety percent said is improved their organisational ability, 95% said it boosted communication skills, with 87% saying it improved their problem-solving and 80% their creativity levels.

Every secondary school in Moray offers Foundation Apprenticeships through Moray College UHI, but they are a well-kept secret. In the school year 2020-21, only 34 pupils took up the chance to boost their CV with this valuable qualification. They really are the ideal way to make you stand out from the crowd.

Give yourself a head start now.

Find out more about Foundation Apprenticeships at bit.ly/WhychooseFA or contact Cindy Gee, Foundation Apprenticeship Coordinator at Moray College UHI, on 01343 576430 / 07833 496848 or Cindy.Gee.Moray@uhi.ac.uk.


*Foundation Apprenticeships Progress Report 2021 published by Skills Development Scotland

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Useful DYW Moray Foundation Apprenticeships links:

What is a Foundation Apprenticeship?

Why choose a Foundation Apprenticeship?

How Foundation Apprenticeships help you shape the next generation of talent

Foundation Apprenticeships - Your questions answered: Young people and parents

Foundation Apprenticeships - Your questions answered: Employers

The beauty of the Foundation Apprenticeship, a blog by Cindy Gee of Moray College UHI

My FA in 5: Josie Watson, Social Services (Children and Young People) Foundation Apprentice

My FA in 5: Callum Kinnaird, Social Services (Children and Young People) Foundation Apprentice

My FA in 5: Kelly McWilliam, Social Services and Healthcare Foundation Apprentice

My FA in 5: Aidan Henderson, Business Skills Foundation Apprentice

My FA in 5: Shannon Stewart, Social Services and Healthcare Foundation Apprentice

My FA in 5: Rachael Kelman, Business Skills Foundation Apprentice

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