Apprenticeships provide you with the opportunity to learn while doing a job. Many people find this an easier way to learn skills and gain qualifications than by attending college or university. It also lets you earn while you learn. At the end of your apprenticeship, you get an industry-recognised qualification showing what you've learned.

There are three levels of apprenticeships:

Foundation Apprenticeships: If you’re still at school, you can do a Foundation Apprenticeship alongside your other subjects, in S5 or S6. The qualification is at the same level as a Higher, National 5 or National 4.

Modern Apprenticeships: With a Modern Apprenticeship, you learn on the job. You'll be just like any other employee, but you'll also be working towards a qualification with a learning provider or college.  They are available for people aged over 16 and at SCQF levels 5-7. 

Graduate Apprenticeships: Graduate Apprenticeships are similar to a Modern Apprenticeship, but you’ll be spending some of your time at university (or distance learning), working towards a degree. You'll learn on the job and get hands on experience that'll count towards your degree. There's no upper age limit on Graduate Apprenticeships and you can apply if you're 16 or over. Some vacancies might be for ages 18 and over because of health and safety requirements.

You can search and apply for Modern and Graduate Apprenticeships on our Jobs and Apprenticeships Board for Young People. You can also visit to find more apprenticeships in Edinburgh.

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