Making Apprenticeships Work for your Business

Making Apprenticeships Work for your Business

We understand that recruiting a Modern Apprentice (MA) is a big decision, whether you already have someone in mind or you need some help to find a suitable candidate, we can offer support.  Our expert team have a wealth of experience in recruiting MAs for all industry sectors and can assist companies with recruitment, selection and funding applications.

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Business Admin, Customer Service & Management

Chemicals, Manufacturing & Petroleum Industries

Construction (All Trades)

Digital Technology


Facilities Management


Health & Social Care


Life Sciences


The benefits

Modern Apprenticeships allow people to ‘earn while they learn’ and attain industry recognised qualifications at the same time. MAs receive training to match your business needs and employers can pass on experience while supporting your MA’s development and benefit from a skilled and productive workforce. You will also benefit from financial assistance for the costs of the training.

An MA could be a new team member or an existing employee seeking to enhance their skills. When you take on a new employee they might not have all the skills you need right now, or you may have a current employee who might need new skills to take on a different role. MAs get the skills they need through on the job training and industry recognised qualifications at Forth Valley College.


  • Invest in the future of your business with a highly skilled and productive workforce
  • Employees help you carry out work more effectively and efficiently
  • Ensure your workforce has the skills you need to grow and succeed
  • Opportunity to pass on you experience to benefit your industry sector


Download our Modern Apprenticeship Guide for Employers

Modern Apprenticeship Frameworks

A framework is dependent on the sector or industry that the MA is working in and has been developed by relevant industry bodies and approved by the Scottish Modern Apprenticeship Group (MAG). It defines the competence level and timescales that the apprenticeship is delivered within.

The Modern Apprenticeship qualification can be delivered at different levels to suit the requirements of the business and the MA.
All levels of MAs contain vocational competence qualifications, usually Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) and Core Skills. Additionally, some frameworks require underpinning knowledge qualifications to National Certificate (NC) or Higher National Certificate (HNC) level.

Scottish Vocational Qualifications are embedded within each MA framework – these are work based qualifications which assesses the MA’s skills and knowledge required to perform their role effectively. MAs will generate a portfolio of evidence which is then assessed and verified by qualified and accredited FVC staff or staff within your business if you would prefer.

What our Employers say....

Core Skills are also included in all our Modern Apprenticeship programmes:

  • Communication
  • Information & Communication Technology
  • Numeracy
  • Problem Solving
  • Working with Others


A MA is just like every other employee – so you still have to pay their salary while they’re being trained, and provide any equipment they’ll need to do the job. The College receives funding from the Scottish Government (Skills Development Scotland - SDS) which contributes towards the cost of the training. The funding from SDS depends on the age of the MA and also the sector in which they are working. SDS support new starts or existing employees from 16-24 years of age, they also fund MAs in some sectors for employees who need training or professional development to upgrade their skills who are over the age of 25.

In some cases the funding from Skills Development Scotland does not meet all the costs of the training and in those instances Forth Valley College will charge for any additional training costs.

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