Advanced Apprenticeships in Scotland

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Advanced apprenticeships in Scotland are an alternative option for school leavers to choose after their Nationals. They are an opportunity for 16-24 year olds to get the qualifications and work experience they need to progress into further education, or to start a career. Read on to find out how advanced apprenticeships in Scotland work, and why they are a fantastic option for any career-conscious young people.

What is an advanced apprenticeship?

Advanced apprenticeships – also called level 3 apprenticeships – are schemes for 16 year old school leavers. They are available to applicants between the ages of 16-24, but are designed as a ‘next step’ after GCSEs in England, or Nationals in Scotland. These schemes are a combination of academic and professional work. Advanced apprentices study towards professional and vocational qualifications, while they work on a full-time basis in an industry. Advanced apprenticeships in Scotland last between 12-18 months, and all apprentices are paid a wage for the duration of the scheme. In the past, apprenticeships have been associated with trade industries; an option for school leaver’s who want to be plumbers or electricians. Modern apprenticeships are available in a much wider-range of industries. If you are interested in a career in law, finance or IT, an advanced apprenticeship is an option to seriously consider.
If you are thinking about applying for an advanced apprenticeship, read our extended overview, A Guide to Advanced Apprenticeships.

How do advanced apprenticeships in Scotland work?

Advanced apprentices split their time between the workplace and a college or training facility. They work for a company on a full-time basis, and attend college to work towards nationally certified qualifications. The structure of work and study periods will depend on the company which employs the apprentice. An apprentice might spend four days in a week at work, and one day at college. In contrast, they might work for an employer for a number of weeks or months at a time, with extended study breaks at intervals throughout the year. It is important to note that an advanced apprentice spends the majority of their time at work. Apprenticeships are designed to prepare a school leaver for the professional environment. To prepare them for work. These schemes are often planned to train an apprentice for a specific role, or job within a company. Thus an apprentice will spend a large amount of time on-the-job, developing all the practicals skills and knowledge they need to perform that role. An apprentice will work alongside experienced professionals from a field, who will mentor, and support them during the programme. The ENTRY REQUIREMENTS for advanced apprenticeships in Scotland can vary from company to company. Employers generally look for candidates with 5 Scottish Nationals (A-C) or an intermediate apprenticeship. Advanced apprentices are awarded with a Level 3 Competence Qualification and a knowledge based certificate.

Here is a short video in which Arman, an advanced apprentice at Morgan Stanley, discusses what he gets up to on a day-to-day basis

Advanced apprenticeships in Scotland

We have vacancies for advanced apprenticeships in Scotland on RateMyApprenticeship! You can add filters to the search tool to target apprenticeships located in Scotland; you can also target apprenticeships by industry. Before you start your job search, you might want to check out some reviews of advanced apprenticeships in Scotland. RateMyApprenticeship has over 600 reviews of Scottish apprenticeships, written by the school and college leavers who completed them. The reviews delve into how different apprenticeships are structured and the daily roles and responsibilities of apprentices. Furthermore, the reviews reveal information about salary, the support offered by the employer, and the opportunities outside of work. If you are applying for an apprenticeship, the reviews are a must-read! Use the experiences of your peers to help you choose the right apprenticeship to apply for. Use the reviews to find the apprenticeship which is right for you! Click here, and disappear to our reviews page. Go mad, and read them all.
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