Frequently Asked Questions

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  • When can I apply for the apprenticeships?

    Applications open on 31 May and close on 28 June.  Interviews and assessment will be at the end of the July with start dates at the beginning of September.  

  • Is there an age limit?

    These apprenticeships are only open to applicants aged 16-24 years (or 29 years for candidates with a disability or who are care experienced*) in support of our workforce demographics and projections.  

    We want to play our part in increasing youth employment and raise the number of young people who work here, since only 5% of our staff are 24 or under (whereas more than 70% are over 40). This also reflects the Scottish Government’s youth employment strategy.

    *Care experienced applicants are people who live/have lived with foster parents/kinship carers or who live/have lived in a residential children’s setting/secure unit.  If this describes you please indicate this in your supporting statement.

  • Is there a justification for this?

    Yes, we can justify restricting the age range since we’re pursuing a legitimate aim in a proportionate way.

    Our aim is legitimate because it’s reflected in the Scottish Government’s youth employment strategy, and our duty and desire as a public-sector organisation to support this programme.  The way that we’re doing this is proportionate because only this apprenticeship programme targets a specific age group.  These opportunities are different from other jobs because they’re designed to provide work-based training and education and are time-limited to cover the training period.   All other jobs that we recruit to are open to any age groups.

  • I left school without finishing my qualifications, can I still apply?

    Of course you can! 

    We’re looking for talented young people who are motivated and have a strong willingness to learn in the workplace.  We’ll consider your potential for meeting the required standards if you are invited to the assessment day. 

  • Can I apply if I already have an SVQ or equivalent qualification?

    We’re offering qualifications in Business and Administration at SVQ Level 3, and our apprenticeships are for young people who don't have this level of qualification, and who will benefit from gaining it.  

    At this time, we’re not able to support apprentices to obtain qualifications above this level, so if you already have a qualification at the level we’re offering (or higher), then unfortunately you wouldn’t be eligible to apply.

    If you have a higher level qualification we'd encourage you to look out for other opportunities with us.  If you have a disability or are care experienced please contact us.

  • I was thinking of moving to Edinburgh to go to college. Even with a part time job the cost of moving is too expensive. This looks like a good alternative. Will you offer financial support to help me move?


    We’re an inclusive employer and understand the financial challenges this may bring to some young people.  To ensure our Programme is open to everyone aged between 16 and 24 who live in Scotland we will offer you an advance of your pay to help with the cost of coming to work with us. 

  • What happens if I finish my SVQ sooner than expected?

    Well done! Achieve this and you'll be able to apply for permanent or temporary jobs with us at the next level.


  • I have a disability, what support can you offer me?

    We know that some people need practical adjustments, support or guidance and we have things in place here to help. We will provide you with the necessary support to make sure you can do your job well.

    You might be interested to know that over 10% of our people have told us that they have a disability and this is significantly higher than other public sector employers in Scotland. 

    We’re very proud of the diversity of our workforce and the benefits this brings to serving the people of Scotland.

  • Do I apply online?

    Yes, you apply using our recruitment system. It's really straightforward and works with all kinds of devices. Apply here now!

    Hints and tips on using the recruitment system can be found here: RecruitmentSystemHintsAndTips.pdf

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