Gaining skills for future employment is a key focus for New College Lanarkshire and we are dedicated to providing opportunities to young people to ensure they are developing skills that will be useful in their future.

Our Foundation Apprenticeship programmes will give pupils in S5 and S6 exposure to the world of work while they work towards an industry-recognised qualification – all while allowing them to continue their school education.


Skills Development Scotland developed Foundation Apprenticeships to help Scotland’s young people gain valuable work experience and have the opportunity for work-based learning while still attending school.

As well as giving young people a head start on their future career path, these programmes identify exceptional young people who are committed to developing employment skills while training, and provide employers the opportunity to hand-pick the best of the future generation’s workforce.

Further Information


Foundation Apprenticeship Courses


The Foundation Apprenticeship (FA) in Engineering aims to give school pupils the opportunity to develop the theoretical knowledge, skills and work experience needed to enter into a career in engineering, manufacturing or related industries.

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Hardware & System Support

The Foundation Apprenticeship (FA) in Hardware and System Support is a two-year programme that provides S5 and S6 pupils the qualifications, skills and experience necessary for working towards a career in the IT Technical Support, Systems Administration or Network Administration.

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Software Development

The Foundation Apprenticeship (FA) in Software Development is a two-year programme that provides S5 and S6 pupils the qualifications, skills and experience necessary for working towards a career in Software Development and related areas.


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Creative and Digital Media

The Foundation Apprenticeship (FA) in Creative and Digital Media helps pupils discover what a career in Film, Media and TV would be like - offering practical opportunities in TV Production, Broadcasting or Video-Making, building the practical skills and experience for a job in the industry. 

Scientific Technologies (Laboratory Skills)

If you’re really interested in science, but aren’t sure about going straight to university to study a science subject, then the Foundation Apprenticeship in Scientific Technologies (Laboratory Skills) is for you! You can get hands-on experience while gaining a qualification at the same level as Higher – and the job prospects are endless!

Social Services and Healthcare

The Foundation Apprenticeship (FA) in Social Services and Health Care aims to give pupils the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge to work towards entering a career in adult social services.

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