Foundation Apprenticeships (FA) – Key Statistics
2014-2016 pathfinder (pilot phase):
• 63 pupils started the initial FA pathfinder, delivered in nine schools within two Local Authorities.
• 269 pupils started the second FA pathfinder, delivered in 78 schools within twenty Local Authorities.
Cohort 1 (2016-2018) and Cohort 2 (2017-2019):
• To date there have been 1,591 FA starts spanning two cohorts (excluding pathfinder cohorts). The ambition is to have 5,000 young people start an FA in academic year 2019/20.
• There were 1,245 FA starts for cohort 2 (2017 - 2019). This is more than 3.5 times the 346 starts delivered in Cohort 1 (2016-2018).
For financial year, 2018-19, there were an average of 3,500 learners on the Foundation Apprenticeship scheme.
 With the pathfinder Foundation Apprenticeship, there was only one programme (Engineering) which was used to test the apprenticeship in terms of it content, duration, etc. As a result of the pathfinder a number of changes were made ie all Foundation Apprenticeship had to sit at SCQF level 6/EQF level 4