A Modern Apprenticeship (MA) is a qualification you gain whilst in full-time employment.
Unlike a lot of college courses (which would require you attend classes on a full-time basis), with an MA programme most of your learning will take place in the workplace – so you can look forward to lots of hands-on practical training.
Some of the programmes will also require you to attend college on a part-time basis to learn the theory behind what you’re doing…this is normally either one day a week or one full week every month.
MAs can be structured in a variety of different ways depending on the subject area and the employer’s requirement. However, programmes will consist of a Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) at either Levels 2, 3 or 4 which will relate directly to the specific job or industry sector. This will be assessed on your skills in the workplace.
Some apprentices may also complete relevant qualifications in their field at HNC, HND or Degree Level.
Core skills may also be an important element of MA Programmes. Core skills include communication, problem solving, information technology and working with others. These types of skills are vitally important to employers and will help you to do your job better.
We offer Mas in a wide range of subject areas so there’s something for everyone from industry based subjects such as engineering and construction to courses in care and administration.
• Business and Administration
• Carpentry and Joinery
• Chemical Process
• Customer Service
• Engineering – Mechanical, Electrical, Instrument, Measurement and Control, Fabrication and Welding
• Food and Drink
• Health and Social Care
• Hospitality Services
• Life Sciences
• Painting and Decorating
• Wood Machining
For the most part, you will be based in your employer’s place of work.
If you are undertaking a programme which requires college attendance, your classes could be at any one of our campuses in Falkirk, Alloa or Stirling. Our campuses offer excellent training facilities with well-equipped teaching rooms, high specification laboratories, simulated plants and all the latest technology.
No! Your employer will contribute towards training costs and the Scottish Government also provides funding.
Yes! As an apprentice you will be working full-time with an employer – so you’ll be paid a wage appropriate to the skills you have.
Your holidays will be set by your employer. The minimum holiday entitlement for people working in the UK is 28 days paid leave inclusive of bank holidays. Some employers may also offer additional holidays as part of your terms of employment.
Anyone can do an MA! Our programmes cater for male and female students of all ages – although it’s worth bearing in mind funding may only be available for certain age groups. If in doubt call us to find out.
There are a few different ways to get on one of our MA programmes…
• The most common way is to find an employer who is willing to take you on and put you through an apprenticeship. Why not try getting in touch with a few companies you would be interested in working with? If you’re struggling call the college and we may be able to point you in the right direction.
• Or you may already have secured a job. If this is the case, you should speak to your employer to see if they would be happy to put you through an MA programme and provide you with support throughout your apprenticeship.
• The college also frequently recruits for leading local and national companies throughout the year – look out for vacancies being advertised through schools, careers office or the media.
Our recruitment starts Monday 9th December 2013 and will close on Friday 31st January 2014 for Engineering and Life Science Modern Apprenticeships.
Most MA programmes begins in August, however, it is possible to start at other times in the year depending on the programme and if you are employed – so if you’re interested get in touch anytime.