Apprenticeships in Scotland

An apprenticeship combines learning at a college or training provider with on-site experience, giving an apprentice the right mix of technical and practical skills

A supervisor with an apprentice

We are the largest provider of construction apprenticeships in Scotland and we work closely with the industry to ensure the training and qualifications are right for employers.

In Scotland an apprenticeship can last up to four years with mandatory attendance at a College of Further Education or Training Centre.

All apprentices must be registered with either The Scottish Building Apprenticeship and Training Council (SBATC) or The Scottish Painting and Decorating Apprenticeship Council (SPADAC). Registration on either Scheme is supported by the Industry.

The benefits of taking on an apprentice

There has never been a better time to offer an apprenticeship, with one in five employers hiring more apprentices to help them through the current economic climate.

You will be getting a keen, motivated member of staff who wants to learn and help your business to grow. In fact, 80% of employers say apprentices have made their workplace more productive.

Apprenticeship training is developed in consultation with the industry, meaning an apprentice will learn the right skills for the job.

We aim to make taking on an apprentice as easy as possible by funding their training with a grant of up to £10,250 (available to eligible employers registered with CITB).

For more information, please take a look at our section on CITB Apprenticeships.

To find out more about careers and Apprenticeships in construction please visit bConstructive

Thinking of taking on an apprentice?

Click on the links below to see what Scottish employers told us about apprenticeships and the effect apprentices have on their businesses.

Apprentices and Your Industry Video

Want more information on the impact an apprentice could have? Click on the links below to see more videos on our YouTube page

  1. Apprentices and your industry 
  2. A complimentary approach
  3. What makes a good apprentice?
  4. Their true worth
  5. Overcoming your doubts
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