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Modern and Craft Apprenticeships


We offer a comprehensive pre-apprenticeship programme for young people on our Positive Futures programme. The programme gives the young person the opportunities to complete a pre-apprenticeship placement within the MA vocational area they are interested in. This helps to build up skills and knowledge within a specific area, allowing the young person a better chance of gaining an apprenticeship.

The pre-apprenticeship programme includes:

  • Basic introduction to the MA qualification
  • Details of sector specific training they would be required to undertake as an MA
  • A visit to MA work locations
  • Valuable work experience
  • Information on being a South Ayrshire Council employee
  • Application and interview support

Modern and Craft Apprenticeships

Modern Apprenticeships are funded by Skills Development Scotland.

We offer a range of Modern and Craft Apprenticeships for young people aged 16 to 19, and for people who are care experienced/young carer and/or have an additional support need we have funding to extend this age range from 20-29.   

Whilst completing their apprenticeship the MA works towards the relevant work-based qualification. Modern Apprenticeships are available at a variety of levels, all mapped to the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) and accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

We offer Modern and Craft Apprenticeships in:

  • Active Schools Level 2 (SCQF 5)
  • Amenity Horticulture Level 2 (SCQF 5)
  • Business and Administration Level 2 and 3 (SCQF 5 and 6)
  • Craft Trade Level 3 (SCQF 6 and 7)
  • Road Building and Maintenance - Construction Level 2 (SCQF 5)
  • IT and Telecommunication - Diploma (SCQF 6)
  • Outdoor Instructor Level 3 (SCQF 6)
  • Social Services, Children and Young People; Childcare Level 3 (SCQF 7)
  • Social Services and Health Care Level 2 (SCQF 6)
  • Sport and Active Leisure Level 2 (SCQF 5)
  • Sustainable Resource Management Level 2 (SCQF 5)
  • Youth Work Level 2 (SCQF 6)

As part of our commitment to Corporate Parenting, young people who are care experienced or a young carer, can expect to be supported to access South Ayrshire Council's Modern Apprenticeships. These opportunities will be identified and ring-fenced for young people who are care experience or a young carer.


Following completion of their apprenticeship Thriving Communities Officers continue to work with the MAs. This includes supporting them to go on to further education or securing employment with South Ayrshire Council or local and national employers. All MAs are offered 12 months aftercare, or beyond if required. For more information contact:

Tel: 01292 612301
The Wallace Tower

172-176 High Street