Helping you deliver Curriculum for Excellence

Curriculum for Excellence places the learner at the centre and is intended to help children and young people gain the knowledge, skills and attributes needed for life in the 21st century, including skills for learning, life and work.

“Curriculum for Excellence is designed to transform education in Scotland, leading to better outcomes for all children and young people. (Building the Curriculum 4, 2009, p. 4)

In summary, children and young people will be able to use all of the support available to them in a way that meets their needs. They will better understand the job market and how they can develop their strengths to be successful in developing their careers. Introducing Foundation Apprenticeships into the subject mix can help you ensure your pupils have the opportunity to:

  • Experience a curriculum through which they learn about the world of work and job possibilities and which makes clear the strengths and skills needed to take advantage of these opportunities.
  • Develop skills for learning, life and work as an integral part of their education and be clear about how all their achievements relate to these.

Responding to employer demand

Foundation Apprenticeships offer the opportunity to enhance Scotland’s work-based learning system and improve youth employment levels. In today’s world of work, many employers don’t feel that young people are sufficiently prepared when commencing a job post education. This is why Foundation Apprenticeships can foster stronger links between employers and education, helping to ensure that local employers have the opportunity to play a more active role in developing the young workforce and shaping the next generation of talent.

Foundation Apprenticeships are for any business looking to improve their skills pipeline. They are available across key sectors in the following subjects:

Where selected in bold are the Foundation Apprenticeships available locally through West Highland College; Sabhal Mòr Ostaig also offer a Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services – Children and Young People, and is delivered entirely through the medium of Gaelic.


  • A practical way to help you deliver Curriculum for Excellence
  • An industry-recognised qualification: pupils work towards a qualification at the same level of learning as a Higher.
  • Work experience: pupils get to realise what it’s like to work in a real job while still at school.
  • Widely recognised: a qualification that’s recognised and accepted by all of Scotland’s colleges and universities.
  • Complements school learning: it’s an integrated part of their school timetable and so fits alongside other subject choices.
  • Designed by employers: so you can be sure that their Foundation Apprenticeship is helping them develop skills and knowledge that employers are looking for.

Benefits (rational)

  • Helps your pupils get a job or an Apprenticeship with skills and experience employers need.
  • Make their CV stand out: They could enter the jobs market: their practical experience, work-readiness and new skills can give them an advantage over other candidates.
  • Accelerated entry to a Modern Apprenticeship, if it’s in the same subject area as their Foundation Apprenticeship and go on to a Graduate Apprenticeship, working for an employer while studying for a degree.

Benefits (emotional)

  • Build confidence: armed with new skills, industry-recognised qualification and a track record of practical experience, your pupils will have excellent options on completing a Foundation Apprenticeship.
  • Enhance their potential: pupils could go on to study for a degree or a diploma: Scottish universities and colleges view the Foundation Apprenticeship as the equivalent of a Higher.
  • Encourage your pupils to do something different that could really make a difference to their career.

Contact us

If you are working in the education sector and are looking for support towards the curriculum through employer engagement, then please get in touch with us to see how we can help you.

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