What's an apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships are designed to help you learn by doing, getting hands-on experience with an employer. It's also known as work-based learning. You get training to develop new skills, then put them into practice through either a work placement or a practical work project.
At the end of your apprenticeship, you get an industry recognised qualification showing what you've learned.
There are now three different kinds of apprenticeship in Scotland: Foundation, Modern and Graduate Apprenticeships. What you can do depends on what stage you're at.
Our sister site Apprenticeships.scot has information on how to become an apprentice, and what's available for you.
Foundation Apprenticeships: Skills for work, learned while at school
Still in school? Why not start an apprenticeship alongside your other subjects?
The same level as a Higher, National 5 or National 4, a Foundation Apprenticeship could be perfect for you.
Understand what working life is really like and learn practical skills, whilst you're still at school.
You'll learn about the world of work and you'll come out with an industry recognised qualification.
Modern Apprenticeships: Get a job, get paid, get qualified
With a Modern Apprenticeship, you learn on the job. You'll be just like any other employee, but you'll also be working towards a qualification.
You could be spending some time at work, and some time at college or with a learning provider. But you'll be able to put your new skills into practice right away. And you're getting paid while you get your qualification.
Finding a vacancy
Apprenticeships.scot is updated every day with Modern Apprenticeship vacancies. Find and apply for a vacancy.
Not sure what you want to do?
There are more than 100 different MAs available, so you have plenty of options. You can use the My career options search here on My World of Work to find out about all the different types of MA. If you start using your My World of Work account, we can give you suggestions of which ones might suit you best.
Graduate Apprenticeships: Work your way to a degree
With a Graduate Apprenticeship, you'll be an employee - similar to a Modern Apprenticeship.
But you'll be spending some of your time at university, working towards a degree. And earning a wage at the same time.
Graduate Apprenticeships are growing, but there are already some opportunities available in key industries.
Meet the apprentices
Mohammad, Samantha, Jonathan and Megan do very different jobs, but they're all earning as they learn as MAs.
Find out what they think of their apprenticeships.
Watch more stories like this at Apprenticeships.scot.