Modern Apprenticeships

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Growing Our Own

Since 2014, as part of it’s Growing Our Own scheme Argyll and Bute Council has employed over 30 Modern Apprentices. This has provided opportunities for young people to earn whilst they learn, kicking starting their career by providing an opportunity to benefit from paid work experience and gain an industry recognised qualification. Argyll and Bute Council is committed to continuing to provide apprenticeship opportunities for young people within the local area. You can find out what they think about the scheme here.                                                              

What is a Modern Apprenticeship?

A Modern Apprenticeship provides the opportunity for a young person aged 16-24 to gain a qualification whilst in employment which provides them with work experience and a range of additional skills and experience alongside their qualification.The combination of structure learning brings a host of benefits to the Modern Apprentice. Some of these include:

  • Earn whilst you learn
  • Gain experience and skills that employers are looking for
  • Gain an industry recognised qualification
  • Provides a great transition into the World of Work
  • Provides an opportunity to gain further qualifications without leaving the local area


Why choose a Modern Apprenticeship at Argyll and Bute Council?

Argyll and Bute Council has recognised that Modern Apprentices play a key part in their workforce. Not only do they provide us with young, enthusiastic employees but it also provides us with the opportunity to secure a skilled workforce for the future.

At Argyll and Bute Council we have recognised that a Modern Apprenticeship is a great start to a young person’s career and therefore we have built a programme which will not only provide them with a qualification and work experience, it will also provide them with additional skills and platforms which will help them kick start and will continue to benefit them throughout their career. At Argyll and Bute Council, Modern Apprentices really are getting a rounded learning experience. 

We are committed to the development of all of our employees and therefore Modern Apprentices are eligible to access a number of different developmental opportunities throughout their apprenticeship.  This includes access to our E Learning Resources where Modern Apprentices would have access to an extensive e learning library which they could utilise to enhance their skills and knowledge.

Benefits of an Apprenticeship at Argyll and Bute Council

In addition to the benefits listed above, Argyll and Bute Council feels strongly that Modern Apprentices should get as much learning and development opportunities during their framework as possible and therefore apprentices of Argyll and Bute Council can also benefit from the following:

  • Development days for Modern Apprentices, providing additional skills and training to ensure all apprentices receive the best possible learning experience
  • We believe a network of peers can bring a host of benefits to a Modern Apprentice and therefore provide opportunities for Modern Apprentices to establish and develop relationships with other Modern Apprentices within the council providing instant peers, colleagues and a support network.
  • Access to an intensive training programme, including e learning courses to ensure exposure to as much learning and on the job training as possible
  • Possibility to do additional qualifications such as Duke of Edinburgh Awards and Saltire Awards to boost CV
  • Our managers are equipped with guidance and support to ensure that they are able to provide you with the best learning experience possible

Achievements of Apprenticeships at Argyll and Bute Council  

Chris Cupples and Steven Simpson2 finalists out of 3 finalists, including the winner were apprentices employed at Argyll and Bute Council- In 2016, 2 of our Apprentices were shortlisted for the The Scottish Training Federation Achiever of the Year Award – Chris Cupples and Steven Simpson.  Only 3 people are shortleeted for this award so it is a fantastic achievement for both apprentices with Steven going on to be the overall winner. Find out more about this here ( )

Recruitment of Modern Apprentices at Argyll and Bute Council

Our Modern Apprenticeship Vacancies are advertised through My Job Scotland. The majority of vacancies are advertised as part of our bi-annual cohorts of Modern Apprentices.  We believe by recruiting a number of vacancies at the one time, this provides additional benefits to the Modern Apprentice including providing them with a peer group where they can share ideas and socialise and can support each other to realise their full potential.  Our cohorts are recruited twice a year—one in summer and one in winter. Our Summer Cohort is live now. We also will advertise vacancies occasionally out with this times. In order to ensure you do not miss an opportunity you should register for alerts on myjobscotland.

Still need convincing?

Find out about the experience of some of our former and existing Modern Apprentices.

You’re hired! Modern Apprenticeships from the service point of view.

It’s clear that Modern Apprenticeships offer young people a great opportunity to earn and learn at the same time. But taking on a Modern Apprentice also brings real benefits to council teams– especially when it comes to planning ahead for the future and making sure the organisation has a sound bank of skilled people who’ll be able to deliver services in the future.

Sandra Black, Fleet Performance Manager is currently responsible for five apprentice mechanics. This is the fourth year that the team has been working with apprentices and Sandra is enthusiastic about the process.

“It’s excellent for them and for the council,” she said. “We have been involved with our apprentices all the way from application stage through interview to starting work in the depots. It’s been a very good experience for the team, who are proud to be able to act as mentors and pass on their skills. Working with the apprentices is also fun – they are really keen and that’s like a breath of fresh air for the rest of the team.

“There is a misconception that all apprentices do is brush the floor – that’s simply not the case. Our apprentices fit in really well – they don’t just work for the team, they are part of it. We’ve structured the service so that all the apprentices get the chance to travel around all our depots to work and learn. This gives them the chance to see different parts of Argyll and Bute, meet and work with other colleagues, work on different things – and all that adds to their training and work experience.

“I would encourage other teams to look at what a Modern Apprenticeship could bring to their service. For us it has been a really positive thing to do.”


Q: What qualification will I undertake

A: This is dependent on the framework being offered. In most cased it will be a Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) to find out more about SVQs visit


Q: How will my training be delivered?

A: The delivery method of the training, will vary dependant on the qualification chosen, often a tutor will visit you at your workplace, and occasionally arrangements would be made for you to travel to a college/training centre. Any travel costs incurred whilst attending college/training centre will be reimbursed by the council in line with its Travel and Subsistence policy.


Q: How long will the Apprenticeship last?

A: The length of the apprenticeship will again depend on the qualification being offered. Majority of the frameworks offered by Argyll and Bute Council are 1 year. This will be stated in the job advert.


Q: What qualifications do I need to apply

A: The Job Description, Person Specification will set out the qualifications that we ask for the role, however we feel that behaviours and attitudes are equally as important therefore if you are short of the required qualifications, please still feel free to apply. Qualifications are not everything and there are occasions where we can relook at the entry requirements.


Q: What level of qualification will I work towards?

A: The level of qualification depends on the framework being selected. The Scottish Credit and Qualification framework should be able to help you find out further information about the level of qualification.

Q: Am I eligible for a Modern Apprenticeship?

A: In order to be eligible for a Modern Apprenticeship you need to be aged 16-24.  In addition you also cannot apply for a Modern Apprenticeship if you are:

  • At school, college or university full-time
  • An overseas national who is subject to an employment restriction or to a time limit on your stay in Great Britain – or both. But if you’re a refugee or asylum seeker, you can apply
  • Already on an employment, training or enterprise scheme that’s funded by the government or Skills Development Scotland
  • In custody as a prisoner, or on remand

Q: How to I apply for a Modern Apprenticeship?

A: Argyll and Bute Council advertises it’s Modern Apprenticeship Vacancies through My Job Scotland.  Twice a year, Argyll and Bute Council recruit Modern Apprentices on a cohort basis. Vacancies can still occur out with these times. You can set up alerts on My Job Scotland so you get notified when a vacancy goes live.

Q: Who can I contact to find out further information about Apprentices at Argyll and Bute Council?

A: You can email or call 01546604137.

Contact Details

For more information on the Modern Apprenticeship or Growing Our Own Scheme contact:

Jennifer Coyle  - Talent Manager
Argyll and Bute Council
Argyll  PA31 8RT

Tel: 01546 604010

Email: or

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