Renfrewshire Council

Foundation Apprenticeships with NMIS

Digital Manufacturing (NEW)

Your future starts now. Are you ready?

There's a manufacturing revolution going on all over the world and Renfrewshire is right at the heart of it.

The 'jobs of the future' are already here...

Make the choice now - and start getting ready for the world of work. You'll study for a qualification equivalent to a Higher (recognised by all Scottish universities and colleges) and you'll get some great experience of the workplace.

Choose the new Foundation Apprenticeship in Digital Manufacturing - the first of its kind in Scotland.

Get real-world experience working with leading employers such as Diageo, based right here in Renfrewshire, and with the University of Strathclyde's Advanced Forming Research Centre, part of the new National Manufacturing Institute Scotland.

Learn from academics and experts, visit world-leading facilities on your doorstep, take on real-world research challenges for industry ... all while you study for the qualifications you need to make a career in digital manufacturing and engineering.

This is a new partnership between West College Scotland, Skills Development Scotland, Renfrewshire Council, the new National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) and leading Renfrewshire manufacturers.

The Foundation Apprenticeship  in Digital Manufacturing is being offered initially in Renfrewshire and is taken from the FA Engineering framework. Successful completers will receive the 'FA Engineering' certificate detailing the Digital Manufacturing components.

Pupils will achieve:

  • National Certificate in Manufacturing Engineering at SCQF Level 6.
  • 3 Mandatory Units and 2 Optional units of the SVQ Level 2 in Performing Engineering Operations qualification at SCQF Level 5.

Both these qualifications from part of the Modern Apprenticeship Framework in Engineering - so completing the Foundation Apprenticeship enhances successful candidates chances of progressing to a Modern Apprenticeship.

Upon completing the two-year Modern Apprenticeship, you are guaranteed progression to an HNC at West College Scotland.

Places are available now!


What to do next

  • Speak to your parents and show them the website.
  • Speak to the teacher guiding your subject choices - ask them about the new Foundation Apprenticeship.
  • Speak to your local careers advisor here in Renfrewshire - call them on 0141 849 0942 and ask for them by name.

If you're ready to apply, it's really easy to do so - just click on and fill out this short online form:


What is digital manufacturing?

Software engineer, robotics engineer, product designer, aerospace technologist, materials scientist ... these are just some of the jobs becoming more and more important in the modern world, and they all involve digital manufacturing.

Robotic arms at NMIS

It's about finding the smartest ways to make the things that the world needs.

How do you use cutting-edge technology to make things more quickly and efficiently? How do you cut down on waste and reduce the environmental impact of manufacturing? How do you make cars and aircrafts go faster but use less fuel?

These are the kind of questions manufacturers ask every day ... and if you can help them find the answers, you'll always be in high-demand. Highly-skilled people employed in digital manufacturing consistently earn high salaries.


What is a Foundation Apprenticeship?

Foundation Apprenticeships (FAs) help you get industry experience and gain a qualification in the process.

The apprenticeships are designed in partnership with employers.  The apprenticeships are designed in partnership with employers - who know the skills they're looking for.  

Choose a Foundation Apprenticeship along with your other school subject choices and:

  • Gain a qualification that's the same level as a Higher - one that's recognised by all Scottish universities and colleges.
  • Learn the essential skills employers want and strengthen your CV or personal statement
  • Get a head start into a Modern Apprenticeship, further education or the workplace.

Here's how it works:

1. Choose the Foundation Apprenticeship as part of your subject choices in S4, heading into S5 (this is a two-year framework).

2. Spend time out of class with a learning provider, such as a college.

3. Work with an employer on real projects alongside experienced colleagues.

4. Get assessed on the work you do with the employer and learning provider.



What they have to say

"Diageo are proud to sponsor the new Foundation Apprenticeship in Digital Marketing in Renfrewshire.  Digital technology will transform how we all work in the future and Foundation Apprenticeships offer young people valuable practical skills and experience.  Young people are important to help grow our own next generation of talent and creating opportunities in engineering and manufacturing can help them make informed decisions about their future."
Gillian Dalziel, Early Career Specialist, Diageo

"I would say to anyone thinking about an apprenticeship to go for it and would say the best thing to do would be to do a Foundation Apprenticeship while they are at school. It would give them a great start." 
Jamie, Foundation Apprentice

"I think doing the Foundation Apprenticeship has been really good because it has given me a start in what I want to do."
Ayli, Foundation Apprentice

"Young people can thrive when they engage early with the worlds of engineering and manufacturing and get to combine the workplace with the classroom. This new Foundation Apprenticeship should give them just such an opportunity." 
Paul Sheerin, Chief Executive, Scottish Engineering