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Work based learning

Skills Development Scotland Modern Apprenticeship (MA) programmes offer individuals and employers, a package of Vocational Training designed to meet the demands of today’s land-based industries.

A combination of specialist ‘on the job’ training and high quality college based learning ensures our Modern Apprentices gain the skills and knowledge they need to succeed.

The MA programme is a partnership between the apprentice, the employer and SRUC.

The courses are run from three of our campuses (Barony, Elmwood and Oatridge), and cover a wide variety of subjects, from agriculture through to hospitality.

SRUC’s MA programmes are an exciting and practical way for apprentices to gain hands-on industry skills and qualifications while at the same time offering employers a cost effective package of training to meet the demand for a skilled and motivated workforce.

SRUC’s Commercial Business Team design specialist bespoke training packages to meet the requirements of businesses and Local Authorities.

SRUC also offer a full range of land-based Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQ) and industry endorsed training courses.

For further information contact us on the details below.

How to apply

SVQs and Modern Apprenticeships allow people to gain a qualification while working full-time. Being employed in the relevant industry is required as part of this training.

Before applying: If you are interested in these qualifications please contact the appropriate campus representative directly to discuss your personal circumstances before applying.

SRUC Barony Campus

Horticulture Students

Diane Smith
+44 (0) 7584 615 318

SRUC Ayr Campus

Diane Smith
+44 (0) 7584 615 318

SRUC Elmwood Campus

Ann-Marie Duncan

SRUC Oatridge Campus

Hilary Morton
01506 864800

Application form 

If you have been asked to apply for a course by a SRUC work-based member of staff please download the application form, complete it and return it directly to the appropriate campus representative mentioned above.

Quick guide to careers

Modern Apprenticeships with the National Trust

Closing Date: Monday 9th July

The National Trust for Scotland is looking for young talent to work alongside its professional gardeners, learning at first-hand what it takes to look after one of our beautiful and historic places. Our apprenticeships are aimed primarily at 16-19 year olds but is open to people up to and including 24 years of age. It provides training in a broad range of horticultural skills to people with little or no horticultural experience. The employment is for a fixed-period of 2 years, subject to continued progression on the course and acceptable performance.

Apprenticeships are available at:

  • Crathes Castle
  • Culzean Castle
  • Brodick Castle
  • Hill of Tarvit
  • Greenbank Gardens

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Shared Apprenticeships

Torr Farm dairy cows

Information about SRUC's new Shared Apprenticeship Schemes

LTA Scheme

Landbased Technician Accreditation Scheme

The independent Landbased Technician Accreditation Scheme is now delivered from our Barony campus.