Foundation Apprenticeships

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.

Learning in the workplace.

Gain industry insight and a qualification

At New College Lanarkshire we offer twelve Foundation Apprenticeship frameworks which include Creative and Digital Media, Engineering, IT, Science and Social Services. 

These programmes have been developed by Skills Development Scotland to help young people gain valuable, real-world work experience and access work-based learning while still at school.

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Foundation Apprenticeships at NCL


A Level 4 Foundation Apprenticeship is picked as a subject choice at S3 and up to S6. The three subjects are Construction, Hospitality or Automotive.

This apprenticeship provides opportunities of progression on to a Foundation Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 6, and develop skills to support a future journey into a Modern or Graduate Apprenticeship or further education.

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You’ll gain an FA in Hospitality at either SCQF Level 4, which is the same level of learning as a National 4.

Developing both practical and theoretical knowledge and skills whilst working in a kitchen and front-of-house which will enable you to assist in the planning, preparation, and delivery of events.

You will research and learn about the various types of establishments and employment opportunities available within the 4th largest employment sector in the UK. This course will provide you with skills and knowledge required to work in the kitchen and in front of house operations within catering/hospitality establishments. You will get an introduction to customer service, food hygiene, health, and safety so you can apply these in your practical activities

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Creative and Digital Media

Calling all storytellers, techies, designers and creative thinkers. This is a Foundation Apprenticeship that lets you bring your ideas to life.

There’s a career for you in Scotland’s thriving creative industry – whatever your interests. It’s one of Scotland’s most diverse sectors, covering architecture, TV, radio, film, fashion and textiles, cultural heritage, design, journalism, publishing, music, visual arts, gaming and more.

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Engineers bring ideas to life. They design, create, test and improve all sorts of products and processes. From James Watt’s steam engine to Andy Scott’s Kelpies, Scotland is great at engineering.

It’s an industry offering careers in range of sectors including space, aviation, transport, medicine, technology and fashion. 

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Civil Engineering

More information about our Civil Engineering Foundation Apprenticeship coming soon.

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You will gain an FA in Automotive at SCQF Level 4, which is the same level of learning as a National 4.

This includes:

  • Skills for Work award in Automotive Skills (SCQF Level 4)
  • Work Based Challenge Unit (SCQF Level 4)

Your Skills for Work award will cover:

  • The car
  • The garage
  • The technician
  • Vehicle modification

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IT: Software Development

Gaming, virtual reality, cyber security – the digital world is changing fast. You could help decide where it goes next.

In Scotland, over 90,000 people work in digital technology roles. The current average full-time salary for digital technology roles is £37,500, which is over 30% higher than the Scottish average of £28,000.

With this Foundation Apprenticeship, you’ll be setting yourself up for roles that are in demand not just now, but in the future.

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Social Services: Children and Young People

Every child deserves the best start in life to grow up happy, healthy and confident. You can help make sure this happens.

With this Foundation Apprenticeship, you’ll be prepared for a wide range of different childcare roles. Look after young children, organise fun activities and give children and their families vital support by working in this industry. 

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Social Services and Healthcare

People are at the heart of healthcare and social services. If you have a passion for improving lives and helping others, a career in this rewarding field could be for you. 

A Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services and Healthcare helps you prepare for a wide range of different care roles.

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Mechanical Engineering

More information coming soon about the Foundation Apprenticeship options in Mechanical Engineering.

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