With so much competition for jobs in all sectors of industry, it is good to develop new skills and gain marketable qualifications while you work. The main feature of apprenticeship training is that you must be employed and your employer must support your training in the workplace.

You will earn and learn at the same time. Although the initial wages can often be quite low, this is because you are just starting out and need time to be effective in your job. As you progress through your training, your wages are likely to increase, with your fully qualified rate matching the adult wage rate for your sector.

Many of our Modern Apprentice programmes require attendance at Shetland College or the NAFC Marine Centre. For some disciplines, you must attend other Scottish colleges such as Inverness, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Travel and lodging costs for attending mainland colleges are met by us.

You can find out more in this section about the various types of qualifications you could gain during an apprenticeship, and how Train Shetland can assist you and your employer.

Check out the case studies and watch video clips of qualified apprentices.

What's in it for me? content

What's in it for me?

What's in it for me?

You get paid while you learn a career for life. Apprenticeships appeal to students who are looking to learn through hands-on experience and, if you want to progress beyond this, apprenticeship qualifications can open doors to further study, including going to University or studying through Open University. Vocational Qualifications are listed on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF).

You will have the full support of one of your trainee advisors, as well as your supervisor at work, throughout the course of the apprenticeship. Our advisors are there to support your development, both at college and at work, making sure you are learning the key skills employers are looking for.

We liaise with a wide variety of industry sectors so there are a wide range of different apprenticeships, and the list is growing each year. We aim to continue to develop this and hope you will find something that meets your interests.

All apprenticeships include the following:

  • An SVQ or NVQ Level 2 or 3 qualification
  • Key skills such as communication, team working, problem solving and using your initiative
  • A technical qualification such as City & Guilds or other qualification relevant to your industry sector

Your apprenticeship will also always consist of a combination of on-the-job learning and college tuition through block or day release, or distance learning. You will be assessed in the workplace and, ultimately, will receive your Modern Apprentice certificate if you successfully complete your training.