Renfrewshire Council

Apprenticeships

Details of the different apprenticeship opportunities in Renfrewshire including information about a Foundation Apprenticeship, Modern Apprenticeship and Graduate Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships are paid jobs offering certificated vocational training and help you build the experience and skills employers want to see, setting you up for a bright future.

Read more about the different apprenticeships we offer and contact our Invest in Renfrewshire team on 0300 300 1180 if you'd like any more information about apprenticeships in Renfrewshire.

Apprenticeships.Scot has lots of information about the different types of apprenticeships in Scotland and all the opportunities available.

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Foundation Apprenticeships

If you are at school, then a Foundation Apprenticeshipis a great choice to gain industry insight and a qualification while in S5 or S6. Designed in partnership with employers, you will learn essential skills in the workplace, get a head start towards a Modern Apprenticeship or other job and complete a recognised qualification equivalent to a Higher.

Through partnership with West College Scotland, we offer the following Foundation Apprenticeships in Renfrewshire:

  • Accountancy
  • Advanced Manufacturing Engineering
  • Business Skills
  • Children and Young People
  • Creative and Digital Media
  • Engineering Systems
  • Healthcare

See details about each apprenticeship and other vocational opportunities in the West College Scotland booklet and on their Foundation Apprenticeship web pages.

Consider a Foundation Apprenticeship when you are making your subject choices in S4, S5 and S6. Read up about the different options, speak to your parents, careers advisor and guidance teachers when making your subject choices then complete the 2022 online application to West College Scotland.


Modern Apprenticeships

If you've left school then a Modern Apprenticeship sees you get a job, get paid and get qualified. While aimed at people aged 16 to 24, many opportunities are open to people of all ages and backgrounds and more than 90% of our Modern Apprentices go onto full-time employment.

Modern Apprenticeships take from one to four years to complete and see apprentices work with us in the Council or with local businesses, completing an individual training plan and completing relevant qualifications either in the workplace or at college.

Modern Apprenticeships with Renfrewshire Council in 2022

There are more than 30 Modern Apprenticeships with us at Renfrewshire Council starting in 2022.

  • Business and Administration - open throughout the year with various start points
  • Children and Young People (Early Years) - advertised in Autumn and start in January
  • Construction trades - advertised from March and start in late August
  • Horticulture - advertised from March and start in late August
  • Motor Vehicle Mechanic - advertised from March and start in late August
  • Roads - advertised in February with roles starting in Spring

Apply for a Modern Apprenticeship at Renfrewshire Council

Modern Apprenticeships with us are advertised on the myjobscotland website and also on Apprenticeships.Scot and you can contact our team on 0300 300 1180 for more details.

To be eligible, applicants must be resident in Renfrewshire and preferably be aged 16-24, with the minimum required qualifications set out on the job advert.

Where possible, as an alternative to the minimum required qualifications, we will also consider applicants with appropriate equivalent qualifications or practical work experience.


Graduate Apprenticeships

A Graduate Apprenticeship allows you to study towards a relevant degree while you are working in your current job.

You'll spend most of your time learning relevant skills on the job and will also be a student at a university. You can read more about Graduate Apprenticeships in Scotland and details on how to apply.

Our Graduate Apprenticeships are available to our Council staff and most are offered through Glasgow Caledonian University. There's no upper age limit to apply and we offer degree programmes in subjects such as business management, civil engineering, cyber security and software development. Our staff can contact Morna Armstrong at morna.armstrong@renfrewshire.gov.uk for more information.