The Developing the Young Workforce team and their key delivery partners will be available to support parents and provide opportunities for them to learn more about:

  • The benefits of work based learning
  • The importance and relevance of the Modern Apprenticeship family
  • Growing industry sectors and career opportunities
  • Involvement with local schools
  • Local career opportunities 

There are so many opportunities: Inverness & Central Highland DYW regional group can help you in your career discussions with your children as they progress through High School.

Modern Apprenticeships

You can start a Modern Apprenticeship if you’ve reached the Scottish statutory minimum school leaving age – for most people that’s 16.

Employers can get help to pay for your training costs if you’re aged 16-24. If you’re over 24, they might still get a contribution depending on what industry you’re in. This includes automotive, chemicals and biotechnology, construction and related industries, creative and cultural skills, engineering and energy, financial services, food and drink, hospitality and tourism, transport and logistics, and some sport, health and social care apprenticeships.

Plus, if you’re disabled or care experienced and aged 16 up to and including 29, your employer can get the highest level of funding for your apprenticeship.

It varies from employer to employer as to what qualifications are needed, but you'll usually need three or more National 4s to apply for a Modern Apprenticeship (or Standard Grades at General level). Depending on the skills and qualifications you already have, you might be able to start at a higher level. You'll be paid at least the National Minimum Wage. If you already have a job, you could start an MA with your current employer.

Types of Modern Apprenticeship

Foundation Apprenticeship

You sit a Foundation Apprenticeship over two years, usually starting in fifth year with your Highers and National 5s. The difference is, you spend time away from school, at college and with an employer. So you get real, practical work experience.

  • Get a qualification that employers recognise and the skills you need to start a career in that industry
  • Open up your options after school
  • You could gain what's called accelerated entry to a Modern Apprenticeship in the same subject – because you've already completed parts of the apprenticeship at school
  • Fancy college or uni? The practical experience looks fantastic on your UCAS or college application
  • Want to go straight into work? You’ll have the skills you need for that type of job
  • You'll also learn skills like timekeeping, problem solving, and team work. So no matter what you want to do, you'll be just the type of person employers are looking for
  • It's a chance to try a career out – so you can decide if it's right for you
Modern Apprenticeship

With a Modern Apprenticeship, you learn on the job, and get the experience you need. Plus, you work towards a qualification. Whether you’re thinking about the future, job hunting, or want to learn new skills, a Modern Apprenticeship could be for you.

  • There are more than 80 types of Modern Apprenticeship across hundreds of jobs, so you can find one that suits you
  • You get the experience employers are looking for – from skills for work, to handy things like timekeeping, taking responsibility and teamwork
  • It’s a real alternative to full-time college or uni. By learning on the job, you get to put your skills to the test right away
  • MAs are designed with employers and industry in mind, so that you get the best possible training
  • Your qualification is accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority.
  • Did we mention you get paid?
Graduate Level Apprenticeship

With a Graduate Level Apprenticeship, you spend most of your time at work, learning on the job – and normally about a day a week at university. So, what you learn goes right into practice. And the work you do goes towards your uni assignments.

  • Instead of thinking about how things might happen in the real world, you'll be putting theory into practice. You'll be solving problems on real projects
  • You are part of the industry from day one, instead of joining after a degree
  • Everything you learn at work, and in the lecture hall, counts towards your qualification
  • You could study for a degree, or even a Masters
  • Employers help us design Graduate Level Apprenticeships. So, you can be sure the qualification and skills you get at the end are what you need for work.

Struggling to understand the changes in qualifications or the value of a Modern Apprenticeship? Take a look at the SCQF Framework on the 'For Employers' page.

Importance of Saturday Jobs and Volunteering

DYW are passionate about raising awareness of the findings of a UK Commission for Employment and Skills report, as well as the benefits of earning whilst learning. According to the report, a young person who works part-time while in education is more competitive in the job market.

"The Death of the Saturday Job" report quotes research showing that only 18% of teenagers in the UK now have a Saturday job – down from 1 in 4 in 1997.

Our role is to strengthen the link between employers and education providers, to help young people gain the skills and confidence they need to make the seamless transition between school and the workforce. With our efforts, we hope to reverse the trend by supporting students to engage in part-time work, while also encouraging employers to create opportunities such as Saturday jobs. We can help young Highlanders on the path to a meaningful career!

Many employers value actual work experience and extracurricular achievements as highly as academic success. George Asher, the owner of Ashers Bakery in Nairn, said, “At Ashers we have always enjoyed the benefits of employing young people on Saturdays and school holidays. Some of our Saturday workers have returned for holiday employment or have progressed into a full-time career with us.”

For Saturday job & volunteering opportunities please visit

Planning for choices and changes 

The number of young people going straight into work after school is increasing Availability of high quality jobs is the priority