Apprenticeships at Borders College

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The Apprenticeship Family

Foundation Apprenticeships help young people gain valuable, real-world work experience and access work-based learning while they’re still at school and it’s a chance for them to get a head start on their careers by gaining an industry-recognised qualification, work on real projects and broaden their career options when they leave school.

For employers, it’s the chance to attract highly motivated and committed young people who are willing to learn, identify young people who are right for their business and ensure their organisation has people with the skills they need. 

View the full range of Foundation Apprenticeship by following this link

Modern Apprenticeships are work-based training opportunities for new or existing employees; supporting Scotland’s ambition to secure a trained, productive and enthusiastic workforce for the future. They offer the chance for individuals to work in paid jobs while undertaking workplace training to gain enhanced skills and recognised Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQ). All apprentices need to be in employment throughout the duration of their programme.  Modern apprenticeships are open to anyone aged 16 and over. Funding contributions towards the cost of training may be available, depending on age, sector and framework selected.

Each Apprentice must, during the period of their MA, fulfil the requirements of the legal right to work in the UK and be employed by an employer.

Graduate Level Apprenticeships provide work-based learning opportunities up to Master’s degree level for employees. The apprenticeships combine academic knowledge with skills development to enable participants to become more effective and productive in the workplace. Students continue their employment whilst being allocated time to attend class and study. Borders College are working in partnership with Heriot Watt University to offer the Graduate Apprenticeship in Business Management Programme. The first two years of the course are delivered by the College at the Scottish Borders Campus in Galashiels, with the subsequent two years in Edinburgh.
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Boat Building and Repair is an exciting new Modern Apprenticeship opportunity being offered in partnership with Eyemouth Marine – who have a renowned reputation for maintenance of fishing and commercial fleets of the North Sea.

Why not be part of an expert, highly skilled and valuable industry? Earn while you learn, gain new qualifications, meet and work with great people and, above all, become part of a small but elite group.

Using new and specialised digital technology, apprentices will have the opportunity to work on metal and composite boats, learn electrical, carpentry and painting skills and be part of a successful and growing business, as well as gaining an internationally recognised qualification.

Education Scotland HMI Review of MAs 2023

Borders College have recently had an external review of the quality of Modern Apprenticeships by HM Inspectors. The report summarises the findings from the visit and highlights areas of positive practice, areas for development and any associated main points for action.