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Modern Apprenticeships - what they are and who they're for

A Modern Apprenticeship is a high quality learning programme aimed at people aged 16 years and older.  They are designed by Habia in consultaion with industry, assuring that the standards they lead to are those that employers want.

Entry for Modern Appreticeships are flexible because they don't stricly rely on academic achievements - practical skills and ability are equally important.

A Modern Apprentice is employed by a business whilst also studying for a qualification at SVQ Level 2 (SCQF Level 5) or SVQ Level 3 (SCQF Level 6).

This means that young people can earn a wage whilst they are learning the skills and gaining the experience employers are looking for.  Under National Minimum Wage legislation, apprentices up to the age of 19 and those 19 years old and over for their 1st year of their apprenticeship are entitled to a minimum rate of pay.

Modern Apprenticeships are not qualifications in their own right.  Instead, they are a framework that comprise a work based qualification such as an SVQ at either Level 2 or Level 3 and core skills in the 5 skill areas of communication, numeracy, information & communication technology, problem solving and working with others.

The costs of training and assessment are met by both your employer and Skills Development Scotland.​