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Telephone 01346 586110
North East Scotland College (NESCol) is approved by Skills Development Scotland to deliver the Modern Apprenticeship (MA) programme.
The NESCol Modern Apprenticeship (MA) programme is one of the largest in Scotland, with apprenticeships in place across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire in the following sectors: automotive, business and administration, engineering, hairdressing, health & social care, logistic operations and warehousing storage & distribution.
NESCol also run construction, electrical and plumbing apprenticeships on behalf of specialist organisations who are responsible for administering the schemes.
An MA provides anyone aged 16 or over the opportunity to achieve industry-recognised qualifications whilst working. Individuals must be employed to enrol on an MA programme, but they are available to both new and existing employees.
Modern Apprenticeships come in all shapes and sizes, and typically last from 2-4 years depending on the type of apprenticeship and the ability of the apprentice. This increasingly popular career pathway is an alternative to full-time study – a way of gaining new skills and improving job prospects whilst getting paid.
Modern Apprenticeships are great for employers as well – helping businesses build a stronger, more confident workforce that is equipped with greater skills. Many apprentices also progress to hold senior management positions within organisations.
A Modern Apprenticeship is a three-way partnership. The training programme involves the employer, the apprentice and the College. It provides training which is both College and work-based over a period of up to four years, depending on the type of apprenticeship chosen.
Modern Apprenticeships are designed by industry for industry. This ensures that the qualifications gained whilst completing an MA meet the standards and requirements sought by employers. The bodies responsible for developing MAs are known as Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) – these are independent employer-led organisations who consult with industry in order to create the specific MA frameworks. There are many SSCs and many types of MA frameworks.
Each apprenticeship consists of:
The MAs offered at NESCol are Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) Levels 2 and 3, which is equivalent to SCQF Levels 5-7 of the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework.
The Scottish Government contributes towards the cost of Modern Apprenticeship training via Skills Development Scotland (SDS). This funding covers *some or all of the direct costs of the apprentice’s training through the College. The training is delivered at a College campus, in the workplace or through a combination of both.
The employer pays the salary of the trainee, who is employed full-time. This ensures everyone benefits by enhancing key skills, thus improving an apprentice’s productivity and confidence in the workplace.
*Level of funding dependent upon the apprenticeship selected, availability and eligibility of the trainee