Why be an apprentice


A Modern Apprenticeship is a great career choice and gives you the skills you need in the workplace.

It opens up a wide choice of career opportunities, enabling trainees to get paid while learning a career for life. You will become a highly employable worker who has gained all the practical skills needed to do a job well. The Modern Apprenticeship programme is a valuable and very rewarding learning experience.

Learning through hands-on experience and gain Vocational Qualifications and training specifically designed to bring maximum benefits to you and your employer, recognised as being essential to business success.

Receive full support from your designated Vocational Training Co-ordinator (VTC), as well as your supervisor at work, throughout the course of the apprenticeship. Our VTC’s are there to support your development, both at college and at work, making sure you are learning the key skills employers are looking for and that your learning meets with the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF).

Apprenticeship training combines on-the-job learning and college tuition through block or day release, or distance learning. You will be assessed in the workplace and, ultimately you will receive your Modern Apprentice certificate if you successfully complete your training. 

All apprenticeships include:

  • A nationally recognised qualification - SVQ or NVQ Level 2 or 5 qualification
  • A technical qualification such as City & Guilds or other qualification relevant to your industry sector
  • Practical and relevant job training
  • Key skills and experience needed to do the job - communication, team working, problem solving and using your initiative
  • Improved career prospects 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 could also train further within chosen industry or transfer to other sectors, e.g. engineering to renewables industry.

UHI Shetland Train Shetland - Contact Details:

Train Shetland - Vocational Training (Apprenticeships), have now moved offices and are no longer at the Train Shetland building in Gremista.

Our new offices are at the following address, located next to Scalloway Campus building:

John Goodlad Centre, Port Arthur, Scalloway, ZE1 0UN.

John Goodlad Centre

Our main contact phone number and email address remain the same below, Vocational Training Co-ordinators are also still available on their usual phone number and email addresses.

Telephone: 01595 771210

Email: apprenticeships.shetland@uhi.ac.uk