Apprenticeships and Scottish Vocational Qualifications combine work with study, so you can earn while you learn.

An apprenticeship is when someone works towards a qualification on the job. Apprentices work with experienced colleagues on real projects while putting into practice what they learn at college or university. There are over 100 apprenticeship frameworks available, tailored to fit different job roles. The University of the Highlands and Islands is one of the largest providers of apprenticeship training in Scotland.

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Apprenticeship frameworks are a set of industry specific qualifications, designed to provide the skills and knowledge required to undertake a job role. They offer high quality work-based learning and are designed to tackle potential skills shortages and support new or existing employees to develop.

As a business, no matter what size and stage in development, you will be investing in Morays young people by providing them the opportunity to train towards a nationally recognised qualification while working as an employee.

Apprenticeship programmes unlock highly qualified and skilled staff to ensure competitiveness, growth and sustainability.

Depending on the framework, apprentices may be funded by Skills Development Scotland or through the Student Awards Agency for Scotland. In some instances employers will pay or apprentices can self-fund.


Foundation Apprenticeships

Foundation Apprenticeships (FAs) close the gap between the classroom and the workplace by combining the best of academic and vocational learning in one single qualification for S5 and S6 pupils.

These work-based learning opportunities aim to give young people in their Senior Phase at school earlier experience of the world of work, by introducing them to industry much earlier, increasing their awareness of employer requirements and opening up their career choices whilst still at school.

Scottish universities now recognise SCQF Level 6 Foundation Apprenticeships as part of their entry criteria at the same level as Scottish Highers.


Modern Apprenticeships

Modern Apprenticeships (MAs) offer anyone over the age of 16 the chance to learn while you earn. They provide paid employment with the opportunity to work towards a recognised qualification that will equip apprentices with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed. Perfect for upskilling in current employment, or as training for new staff.

The key element of a Modern Apprenticeship programme is work-based SVQs, combined with five core skills, some of which are embedded within the SVQ and do not have to be completed separately. Some frameworks also include day or block release on campus. SVQs can also be studied as stand-alone courses, outwith the MA programme.

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Graduate Apprenticeships

Our Graduate Apprenticeship programme provides the opportunity to gain an industry recognised Higher Education qualification whilst gaining valuable experience in the workplace up to honours degree level.

Graduate Apprenticeships are designed by industry, for industry, to help build the skills you need to succeed, and are based on the standards of professional and regulatory bodies, so your employees have a clear path towards professional recognition.

We currently offer a Graduate Apprenticeship BA in Early Learning and Childcare (SCQF Level 9) which is the first of its kind in Scotland and is unique in its structure and delivery. The programme enables apprentices to achieve a relevant degree while in employment and gain practitioner status within three years. You can then choose to top up the qualification as we offer an additional honours year for accreditation at SCQF Level 10.

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