Apprenticeships combine practical work experience with study – offering learners a vocational route to achieve a qualification equivalent to traditional academic qualifications. 

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West Lothian College offers opportunities for Foundation Apprenticeships and Modern Apprenticeships – opening doors to vocational qualifications for learners from their 5th year at secondary school. 

Foundation Apprenticeships

A Foundation Apprenticeship at West Lothian College helps to bridge the gap between the classroom and the workplace, giving young people exposure to the world of work from an early age. These innovative two year programmes allow young people to complete elements of a Modern Apprenticeship alongside their school curriculum in 5th and 6th year; preparing them to progress onto a Modern Apprenticeship, University or employment on leaving school.  Whilst completing a Foundation Apprenticeship, learners spend time at school, at college and with an employer. 

Being one of the first colleges in Scotland to offer Foundation Apprenticeships, West Lothian College have increased their offering year on year. For 2018/20, the College will offer Foundation Apprenticeships in nine different subject areas allowing many more young people to benefit from these programmes. The subject areas on offer are:  

  • Accountancy 
  • Social Services (Children and Young People)
  • Social Services and Healthcare
  • IT: Software Development
  • IT: Hardware and System Support
  • Civil Engineering 
  • Engineering 
  • Scientific Technologies 
  • Food and Drink Technologies

Applications for our 2018 Foundation Apprenticeships are now open. To find out more about the courses and apply, click here.

Modern Apprenticeships

Modern Apprenticeships can be started on reaching the Scottish statutory minimum school leaving age – for most people that is 16.

A Modern Apprenticeship is a job which lets individuals earn a wage whilst gaining an industry-recognised qualification, developing skills and expertise for their current and future jobs. For employers, Modern Apprenticeships help them develop their workforce by training new staff, and upskilling existing employees.

Each year, over 25,000 people start a Modern Apprenticeship - combining a qualification with on-the-job experience. This lets people work, learn and earn at the same time. 

There are over 80 Modern Apprenticeship frameworks - from healthcare and financial services to construction and IT. These have been developed by sector skills councils, in consultation with their industry. 

Individuals can search for a Modern Apprenticeship vacancy, or if they are currently employed, may be able to start a Modern Apprenticeship with their current employer. 

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