A Modern Apprenticeship (MA) is a qualification you gain whilst in full-time employment earning a wage.

Most of your learning will take place in the workplace so you can look forward to lots of hands-on practical training. However you will still be required to attend college on a part-time basis – usually either one day per week or one full week every month.  The programmes are normally one to four years in duration.

MAs can be structured in a variety of ways depending on the subject area and the employers requirements. However programmes will usually include a Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) at either Levels 2, 3 or 4 which will relate directly to the specific job or industry sector. This will be assessed on your skills in the workplace.

Some MAs will also complete relevant qualifications in their field at HNC, HND or even degree level.

Core skills will also form an important element of an MA programme. Core skills include communication, problem solving, information technology and working with others. 

Our Modern Apprenticeship Disciplines:

  • Business & Administration
  • Chemicals, Manufacturing & Petroleum Industries
  • Construction (All Trades)




  • Engineering
  • Hairdressing
  • Health and Social Care


  • Hospitality
  • Life Sciences
  • Management
Browse our SVQs/Modern Apprenticeships

Apply for a Modern Apprenticeship

  • The College frequently recruits for leading local and national companies throughout the year - look out for vacancies being advertised through schools, careers offices and the media
  • If you already in employment, you could speak to your employer to see if they would be happy to put you through an MA programme 


  • The most common way is to find an employer who is willing to take you on and put through you through an apprenticeship programme.  
  • Another popular way to apply for an MA is directly through the Sector Skills Councils

MA Benefits

  • Receive professional training whilst earning a wage
  • Achieve new skills through hands-on practical experience
  • Fully understand the role you are training for
  • Receive double the help and support from both your employer and the College

MAs even benefits employers too!

  • By investing in you, your employer is investing in their own future success
  • Your training will help you carry out your job more effectively
  • Your MA is tailored specifically to the employer and relevant industry sector meaning you'll have all the skills they need