Foundation Apprenticeships

Foundation Apprenticeship Update - For those of you completing a Foundation Apprenticeship and want to know what is being done to ensure you achieve your qualification, please visit -


Foundation Apprenticeships are two year programmes that give pupils the opportunity to gain valuable industry experience and a fully recognised qualification at SCQF Level 6 (equivalent to Higher) through classroom and work based learning. The courses take place between 1.30pm-4pm/5pm (excluding travel time) and pupils can start in S4 or S5 giving you the option to decide when is best for you.

Pupils can embark on a variety of Foundation Apprenticeships with East Lothian Council:

  • Accountancy
  • Business Skills
  • Scientific Technologies
  • Scientific Technologies Direct Entry (S6 pupils only)
  • Social Services and Healthcare
  • Social Services Children and Young People

Edinburgh College also have a range of Foundation Apprenticeship, for S5-S6 pupils:

Whether you wish to enter employment, progress onto a Modern Apprenticeship, Graduate Apprenticeship, College or University - a Foundation Apprenticeship can benefit you!

We work with an extensive range of employers who provide pupils with the valuable industry experience:

  • Zonal - Business Skills
  • Charles River Laboratories - Scientific Technologies
  • The Abbey Care Home - Social Services & Healthcare
  • Argyle Bridge Children's Nursery - Social Services Children & Young People

If you are interested in taking part in a Foundation Apprenticeship:

  • Register your interest on for further information
  • Speak to your guidance teacher to get an application form - deadline of Friday, 13 March.
  • For more information on Foundation Apprenticeships, see East Lothian Works' blog.