• Engineering

    Foundation Apprenticeship - Engineering

  • Eligible Schools:

    All Ayrshire Schools

    This is a course for school pupils

  • Location/Day/Time

    Ayr Campus Monday and Wednesday 2pm – 5pm

    Kilmarnock Campus Tuesday and Thursday 2pm – 5pm

    Skills Centre of Excellence, Irvine, Monday and Wednesday 2pm – 5pm

    Duration: 2 years


Engineering is all about working out new and better ways of doing things - and then making them happen. Engineers have an impact on every aspect of modern living - from spacecraft and submarines, to fast cars and fashion, to medicine and make-up.

If you’ve got a logical and inquisitive mind, enjoy problem solving and are curious to know how things work, you’ve got it in you to make a great engineer!

Engineers enjoy exciting career opportunities and right now they’re in extremely high demand, with thousands of new engineers needed every year in Scotland alone. This course can give you a head start on a career in engineering – even while you’re still at school.

You can choose a Foundation Apprenticeship in Engineering as one of your school subject choices. The course takes 2 years to complete, starting in S5 and finishing at the end of S6.

Transport to and from college/employer will be organised and paid for by Skills Development Scotland.

Ayr Campus: Aeronautical Engineering focus

Irvine Campus: Electrical Engineering focus

Kilmarnock Campus: Mechanical Engineering focus


This course lets you find out what a career in engineering would really be like – and if it’s right for you.

You’ll do a mixture of theory, practical skills and work-related experience. By the end, you’ll be well on your way to progressing to a Modern Apprenticeship in Engineering.

It includes:

  •   A National Certificate in an engineering discipline
  •  Five units from the SVQ2 in Performing Engineering Operations (PEO)

Here’s a bit more on what’s involved:

Year 1

In S5 you’ll work towards your identified (PEO) Level 2 units (SCQF level 5) and some units from an Engineering related National Certificate (NC) at SCQF level 6. You’ll also look at engineering roles in the workplace and the skills you’ll need, so you’ll have the chance to go on visits to employers and hear from industry professionals.

Year 2

You’ll complete your PEO units and the rest of the units you need for your chosen NC programme. You’ll have the chance for work-related experience, either through a work placement and/or an industry challenge.


For a place on this course, you’ll need:

  •  To have, or be working towards, National 5 Maths.
  •  To be keen to learn new skills.
  •  A commitment to consistent and full attendance.
  •  An interview with us.
  •  An aptitude test.


You’ll have some practical assessments, which focus on your new skills. You’ll also have some theoretical assessments.

Assessment is on an ongoing basis.


Once you’ve achieved this Foundation Apprenticeship, you’ll have an industry recognised qualification and extensive work experience which will really help in your future career.

You’ll now have a solid basis for moving onto a Modern Apprenticeship, other employment or an HNC/D college course in a related subject. Completion of the HND can lead directly to 3rd year entry at university.

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Start Date

10 Jun 2019




Start Date

10 Jun 2019




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