Modern Apprenticeships

Within the University of Glasgow, Human Resources provide and encourage innovative and forward thinking initiatives which lead to nationally recognised qualifications. We have an impressive and wide-ranging portfolio of awards:

  • Modern Apprenticeships
  • ScottishVocational Qualifications
  • Institute of Leadership and Management

Our Approach is truly personalised and flexible. We aim to create a positive learning experience and sense of achievement for all our learners.

Whatever your training and development needs, Human Resources can assist in the achievement of individual and organisational goals.

As part of the University of Glasgow, Human Resources is committed to a policy of Equal Opportunities for all.

What are Modern Apprenticeships?

A Modern Apprenticeship is a framework for training people to a high standard in the workplace. All the frameworks are developed by the industry or sector in which they will be implemented, so they encompass all the skills and knowledge required to be a craftsman, technician, administrator or manager in that area.


What is in a Modern Apprenticeship?

Each Modern Apprenticeship framework is made up of three parts;

a) The occupational SVQ.  The SVQ is usually at level 3 but some frameworks also contain the level 2.  This is a work based qualification which demonstrates that an employee can do their job up to a certain skill level.

b) Five Core skills - Communication, Problem Solving, Information & Communication Technology, Numeracy and Working with others.

c) Some Modern Apprenticeship Frameworks contain components, which have been added to broaden training and encourage personal development and flexibility in the workplace. These additional components vary but may include additional units from other SVQs, industry specific qualifications or other qualifications appropriate to the industry / sector e.g. health and safety, first aid.


How long do Modern Apprenticeships last?

Although not time served, the normal period required to complete a Modern Apprenticeship is 2 years where only a level 3 SVQ is required and 3 years where a level 2 & level 3 are both required.


What are the entry requirements?

Entry requirements for Modern Apprenticeships vary from sector to sector.  As an example within the University of Glasgow, Administration apprentices should have Standard Grade (1-2)/National 5 (A-B) or equivalent in English and Administration or Business Management. Highers, Intermediate 2 or equivalent in English and Administration or Business Management are desirable.


How are Modern Apprenticeships funded?

Human Resources meet all the training and assessment costs through funding from the Local Enterprise Company.  Salaries have to be fully funded by the recruiting School/RI/Service.  Apprentices are recruited at the first point of Grade 2 on the salary scale in the the first year progressing to the second and third spinal points as appropriate.  Click here to see the salary scales.


What Modern Apprenticeships are available within the University of Glasgow?

You should contact your local HR who will direct you as appropriate.


What training will the Modern Apprentice receive within the University?

Modern Apprentices are trained and assessed in the workplace to work towards their SVQ. In addition Modern Apprentices may be given the opportunity to achieve an appropriate HNC which requires that they are released to attend college on a day-release basis.


What do we have to do if we are interested in recruiting a Modern Apprentice?

Those interested should contact their local HR in the first instance.

Recruiting areas should also nominate a member of staff who will be responsible for the training and supervision of the Modern Apprentice and who will liaise with relevant HR staff.