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Apprenticeship Information

Modern Apprenticeships (MAs) offer anyone aged over 16 who is currently in paid employment, workplace training and on-the-job learning in order to gain new and enhanced skills which are fully recognised and accredited by Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).


Please visit the following websites to find out more about apprenticeships in Scotland:


To view the apprenticeship information leaflet click here


To view the latest statistics please click here 


For information regarding Employer Recruitment Incentives please click the link below

Fair Work Practices

For information on Fair Work Practices can help support you as an Employer please click the link below


Employer Support

For information on how Skills Development Scotland (SDS) can help support you as an Employer please click the link below


Industry information

To view the latest stats regarding the food & drink industry in Scotland please click here


To view a career map for the food and drink industry please click here


Equality & Diversity

SDS are improving our perception of equality, to that end you can undertake a RACE test using the link below and following the instructions.


Register and change the country from U.S. to U.K.

Go to demonstration tests

Click Knowing this I wish to proceed

Take A demo test


Click to begin the test

Take the test.


There should be a certificate or results page at the end for you to print out and keep for your records. 




To view the updated  Equalities Action Plan for Modern Apprenticeships please click the link below



To view the SDS Equality Toolkit please click here


Acas - Discrimination: what to do next


USDAW - Workers Rights


View the Scottish Bakers/NFDT - Equality & Diversity Policy


Privacy Policy

To view the latest SDS Privacy Policy and Data Protection Statement, please click here


Sector Skills Councils & National Skills Academy’s

Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) are employer-led organisations that cover specific industries in the United Kingdom. They have four key goals:-

  • to support employers in developing and managing apprenticeship standards
  • to reduce skills gaps and shortages and improve productivity
  • to boost the skills of their sector workforces
  • to improve learning supply

SSCs aim to achieve these goals by developing an understanding of the future skills needs in their industry, and contributing to the development of National Occupational Standards, the design and approval of apprenticeship frameworks and the New Apprenticeship Standards and creating Sector Qualification Strategies. There are currently nineteen SSCs, covering about 80 per cent of the British workforce.

The National Skills Academy (NSA) network was established by the Government to address the need for a world-class workforce with better skills than ever before; employer-led centres of excellence, delivering the skills required by each sector of the economy.

National Skills Academies work with Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) and other industry bodies to drive change and achieve priorities identified by employers for their sector. They act as a first point of contact for employers to quality-assured training provision. Licensed by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) through the Skills Funding Agency (SFA), Skills Academies work collaboratively to share best practice in their respective sectors. For further information please click on the links on this page. 

The National Skills Academy for Food & Drink can be found here


For further information please contact Scott Anderson at or on 01383 661 555