Modern apprenticeships

A Modern Apprenticeship is a great way to start or develop your career. Not only do you learn while working, you gain a qualification too.

A job + work-based training = a Modern Apprenticeship

Becoming a Modern Apprentice (MA) is a great way to kick start any career. How else could you learn on the job, receive invaluable practical experience and work towards an industry-recognised vocational qualification, whilst getting paid?

A Modern Apprentice is:

  • Someone who is employed
  • Someone who is learning on-the-job
  • Someone earning a wage from day one
  • Someone working towards a industry-recognised qualification

Modern Apprenticeships within Fife Council are open to anyone aged between 16 and 24.

To view all frameworks available click on the Skills Development Scotland website:

We’ve pulled together a list of Q&As that will help you understand what Modern Apprenticeships are all about - click on the down arrows to reveal the answers:

What will I get out of it?

Learning while you work provides you with the best of both worlds – hands on work experience and studying rolled into one. Modern Apprenticeships contain a mixture of theory and practice, so in addition to developing practical skills specific to your job, you will achieve a Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ), or equivalent, at Level 2 (SCQF 5) or above of the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework.

What are the different levels of Modern Apprenticeships?

Modern Apprenticeships are available at four different SVQ levels.Each level is mapped to the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework(SCQF) and is accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority Accreditation(SQA).

What’s involved in a Modern Apprenticeship?

It’s a structured programme designed to take you through the skills and competencies that you need to perform a job well.

Along the way there will be objectives and goals to achieve, ensuring you are learning, progressing and being supported by your employer at each stage.

You’ll be based at your place of work most of the time, and for some sectors take part in off-the- job training to achieve the agreed outcomes and qualification set out by the employer.Off-the-job training will usually take place at your local college or with a specialist training provider on a day- release basis once a week or a number of days in a block.

What frameworks are available?

There are a broad range of frameworks available.  For the most up to date listing, and for details of the requirements under each framework, look on the Skills Development Scotland website:

What kind of Modern Apprentices does Fife Council employ?

Having recently recruited our 800th Modern Apprentice, we have a wide range of different apprenticeships within the Council. Here are just some examples:
  • Home Carers
  • Scheduler
  • Care Assistants
  • Business Administration
  • Pupil Support Assistants
  • School Technicians
  • Finance Assistant
  • Professional Cookery
  • Facilities Management
  • Building Standards
  • Creative & Digital Media
  • Early Years Officers
  • Business Administration
  • Plasterers
  • Stonemasons
  • Electricians
  • Plumbers and more

For more detail see our Case Studies page.

How long does a modern apprenticeship take?

Modern Apprenticeships generally take between one and four years to complete depending on the level of the apprenticeship, your ability and type of role.

How much pay do you get?

Salary is graduated based on rising percentage of the evaluated salary for the job e.g. for a 2yr Modern Apprenticeship - 50% in year one, 80% in year two.

Do I need qualifications?

Fife Council do not set a minimum educational requirement across the majority of its Modern Apprenticeship posts.  When setting the qualifications for an apprenticeship, consideration will be given to the appropriate requirements, the qualifications required for the full job (the role the MA is aspiring to go into).It's worth looking at the individual types of apprenticeship to find out if any qualifications or experience is required.

I’m interested, how do I apply?

You can apply for any apprenticeship vacancies within Fife Council through

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