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West Dunbartonshire Council Working4U Foundation Apprenticeship course are either a one year Shorter Duration Delivery Model or 2 year model aimed at pupils entering the Senior Phase at Secondary School

The one year Shorter Duration Delivery Model (SDDM) can be selected by students in S5 or S6, the two year model can be selected by students in S5.  Both models will be part of the students timetabled subjects.

In the classroom you'll cover the theory behind each role then you'll get the opportunity to put the theory into practice during your placement. This exposure to the world of work will give students a jump start in their career, whether it be applying for a Modern Apprenticeship or a College or University application.

The hands-on work experience will lead to an industry recognised qualification, set at SCQF Level 6 (the same level of learning as a higher) and based on existing industry recognised qualifications including Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) and National Progression Awards (NPAs) or National Certificate (NC).

After successful completion of the Foundation Apprenticeship course you are guaranteed an interview on the WDC Modern Apprenticeship course for your specific subject. (Terms & Conditions Apply).

Progression from the Foundation Apprenticeship

There are several options you can choose once you have completed the Foundation Apprenticeship.  These include the following:

Modern Apprenticeship

In the same subject: you could complete your MA quicker because you’ll have completed some elements of the MA qualification during your Foundation Apprenticeship.

In another subject: You'll already have experience of learning in the work place. This will help you to stand out to employers who are recruiting Modern Apprentices.

Graduate Apprenticeship

Graduate Apprenticeships are a new way to study up to Master’s Degree level while in a job. The majority of learning happens in the employer’s workplace, and this is supplemented by time spent at university or college during the work week. A Foundation Apprenticeship is a good way to see if this style of learning works for you. It also offers a pathway onto a Graduate Apprenticeship


On successful completion of their Foundation Apprenticeship, you can progress onto a number of HNC/D courses (College Recognition link - FA to College).


Many Scottish Universities recognise Foundation Apprenticeships. Your FA means you already have quality experience within industry – this helps your UCAS application stand out. (University Recognition link - FA to Degree).

We have variety of subjects available:

For more information on these subjects click on the links. 

To register your interest you can complete an Expression of Interest form.