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Modern Apprenticeships

There has never been a better time to think about a career in early years education, childcare and playwork. With a clear career pathway from Modern Apprentice right up to degree level there are career opportunities for everyone and routes into other professions such as teaching and social work. The new Childhood Practice Career Pathway Toolkit will help you plan your personal career route.

Modern Apprenticeships in child care offers young people the opportunity to be employed full time whilst undertaking a Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) Level 3 in Social Services Children and Young People (SS CYP).

No experience is necessary as HiMATS will work closely with your employer and your nominated work-place ‘buddy’ to ensure you have the support and training required to progress through your qualification.

If you are not already employed we may be able to help you find employment in order for you to start your training.

To be accepted on the Modern Apprentice programme you will have satisfied your employer’s requirements first and foremost and in addition you should have, or feel confident that you have the ability to gain Core Skills at SCQF Level 5 and 6.


In addition to the on-site training and support you will be expected to complete our Foundation of Childhood Practice course and attend HiMATS Modern Apprentice Forums.

To be a Modern Apprentice and receive funded training you must be between 16-24 years old.

If you are interesting in employing a Modern Apprentice please contact Dawn Lawless, our Office Manager.

Core Skills

SQA Core Skills Framework

In order to gain a Modern Apprenticeship Award you must attain 5 core skills.

You must attain Level 6 on the SCQF framework for the following 3 core skills:

  1. Communication
  2. Working with others
  3. Problem solving

You must attain Level 5 on the SCQF framework for the following 2 core skills:

  1. Numeracy
  2. Information and Communication Technology

These cores skills will be assessed at the same time as you work on your SVQ.

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