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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

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
  • Being an South Ayrshire Council employee
  • Application and interview skills

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.

Whilst completing their apprenticeship the MA works towards the relevant work-based qualification. Modern Apprenticeships are available at four 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:

  • Business and Administration Level 2 and 3 (SCQF 5 and 6)
  • Sustainable Resource Management Level 2 (SCQF 5)
  • Amenity Horticulture Level 2 (SCQF 5)
  • Sport and Active Leisure Level 2 (SCQF 5)
  • Social Services and Health Care Level 2 (SCQF 6)
  • Social Services and Health Care - Children and Young People; Childcare level 3 (SCQF 7)
  • Construction Level 2 and 3 (SCQF 5, 6 and 7)
  • Construction: Civil Engineering Level 2 (SCQF 5)
  • Hospitality Services Level 2 (SCQF 5)
  • Youth Work Level 2 (SCQF 6)
  • Active Schools Level 2 (SCQF 5)
  • IT and Telecommunication - Diploma (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 Employability and Skills officers continue to work with the MAs, this may be 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

Newton House
30 Green Street Lane