We recognise that these are concerning times and that many pupils, learners and apprentices are worried about the impact that the unprecedented disruption of COVID-19 is causing. 

Our absolute priority is supporting individuals, employers, partners and colleagues through the effects of the pandemic. 

Our services remain open and accessible, however the nature of our delivery is changing in response to public health advice.   

Please refer to the FAQs below for further help and advice. 

I’m a Foundation, Modern and Graduate Apprentice – will I be able to complete my qualification? 

SDS is working with SQA and other awarding bodies to support their guidance for individuals and learning providers to ensure that the effects of disruption are minimised and that wherever possible, apprentices and learners are not negatively impacted in the long term. 

We will update our dedicated page on [insert link] with further information when available. 

In the meantime: 

  • Modern and Graduate Apprentices should follow the guidance provided by their learning provider e.g. college, university or training centre, along with the advice of their employer.  
  • Foundation Apprentices or their parents should follow school guidance for questions related to work placements, colleges or learning providers.

What support will there be if apprentices are made redundant?

The first thing you should do is notify your training provider.  We will then be able to implement our formal redundancy processes and support will be offered to you directly so you shouldn’t need to take direct action. The Scottish Government’s Partnership for Continuing Employment (PACE) is a well-established service to support individuals and employers dealing with redundancy.   

If you wish to find out more information now, then visit redundancyscotland.co.uk or speak to a member of the PACE team please call us on 0800 917 800  

You should be aware, that the Scottish Government supports apprentices to made redundant through the Adopt an Apprentice (AAA) Programme. This gives employers financial support to recruit redundant apprentices, to enable the apprenticeship to be completed.  In the current circumstances, it is not yet clear how many businesses will be in a position to do so.   


I’m on another SDS funded training programme and am worried I won’t be able to complete – what should I do?

Learners on Employability Fund and other SDS funded training programmes should follow the guidance provided by their learning provider. 

How do I contact my Careers Adviser?

One-to-one contact with careers advisers is available online and over the phone. 

Call your local SDS team or visitmyworldofwork.co.uk 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Visit our Coronavirus (COVID-19) support page for more information on the support and advice we can offer at this time.