Take on an apprentice in Scotland

Information about funding, eligibility and frameworks for taking on an apprentice in Scotland.

Taking on an apprentice 

In Scotland, the apprentice employer works with a local training provider from the outset to decide their needs and how an apprentice would work for them. 

They then recruit an apprentice and employ them, as with any other employee.

As the employer, you deliver the competence-based element of the qualification, which is completed by the apprentice while on the job.

It will be assessed in the workplace by the training provider during fortnightly visits. An evidence portfolio will be collated by the apprentice for these appraisal visits.

Offer a Creative Apprenticeship

In Scotland, there is a Modern Apprenticeship in Creative & Cultural which offers the following pathways:

  • Diploma in Technical Theatre Operations
  • Diploma in Live Events & Promotion
  • Diploma in Community Arts Management
  • Diploma in Theatre Operations: Costume & Wardrobe
  • Diploma in Cultural Venue Operations
  • Diploma in Music Business 

This is the first scheme that is led nationally by the industry, and has been developed following full consultation with relevant employers.

More information about Modern Apprenticeships in Scotland can be found here

Paying an apprentice

An apprentice must be paid at least the National Apprentice Minimum Wage.

However, Creative & Cultural Skills believe all apprentices should be paid the National Minimum Wage and have employed status with a full contract of employment.

Funding for apprenticeships

An employer can fund the wages for an apprentice in any way they wish. If an employer can get the corporate world involved it will raise publicity and support for their business.

The Scottish Government will give full training funding to apprentices aged 16-19.

Once the apprentice is over 20, the Scottish Government will pay a proportion of the training costs with the employer meeting the rest.

The training element of the creative apprenticeship is covered by Skills Development Scotland.

There may be a possibility of some employer incentive funding also being made available from Skills Development Scotland.

Creative & Cultural Skills are also active in partnering and brokering funding opportunities with various Scottish Government agencies.

Apprenticeships can also be shared between employers.

How Creative & Cultural Skills can help

Creative & Cultural Skills will facilitate the relationship between the training provider, the apprentice and the employer, as required. 

The delivery of the apprenticeship is then done in partnership between the employer and the training provider. 

Creative & Cultural Skills will always be available for discussion, involvement and feedback at any point throughout the process.

Apprenticeships can be advertised for free on our careers website Creative Choices.

Take on an apprentice

There are many good reasons to take on an apprentice. An apprentice can respond to specific skills gaps employers are facing, as well as offering a new voice to help the employer reach different audiences and access new business opportunities. 

An apprentice is likely to be very loyal to an employer, helping their workforce to be sustainable and ensuring their business is performing as effectively as possible.

An apprenticeship is also an effective opportunity for a current employee to gain a qualification on the job.

Get a step-by-step guide to taking on an apprentice.


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