Foundation Apprenticeships are a Skills Development Scotland initiative, providing new, work-based learning opportunities for S5 and S6 learners. It enables them to complete elements of a Modern Apprenticeship while still at school.

Learners work towards a Foundation Apprenticeship alongside their other subjects — their National 5s and Highers. They’ll also spend part of the school week at college or with a local employer. They will work towards industry-recognised qualifications while developing skills and experience in the workplace.

Scotland has a thriving life science and related science sector, which consists of just over 630 organisations. There are over 7,500 roles within life sciences related operations, like: biomedical scientist, biotechnologist, biochemist, laboratory technician, marine biologist and geoscientist. These roles span across industry, universities, schools, further education colleges and NHS.

At SSERC we believe that it is important to offer opportunities for young people in the local community to benefit from the knowledge, skills and enthusiasm that we have within the organisation. We are pleased to be able to support the Foundation Apprentice programme by offering a Scientific Technologies Foundation Apprenticeship placement at SSERC.