Interested in a Modern Apprenticeship?

Modern Apprenticeships in Scotland mix industry recognised qualifications with on the job training to give you the skills that you need in everything from production and operations to more technical and commercial areas.

Modern Apprenticeships include a Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ).

Not only are they nationally recognised, but they are also government-backed, work-based training programmes which are specifically tailored to meet the skill needs of employers. 

Why you Should do a Modern Apprenticeship

There are many benefits to doing a Modern Apprenticeship:

  • You receive funded professional training
  • Training is on-the-job
  • You do not need previous education
  • You learn at your own pace
  • You still earn a wage whilst you learn
  • You gain a recognised qualification (SVQ)

What Options are Available?

We work closely with our clients and their people to make sure that everyone gets the most from the Modern Apprenticeship programme. We provide 1 to 1 training or training workshops to bring different people together from across the organisation.
We have worked with over 3000 learners, across 40 companies during the last 20 years. In the Seafish industry, we work closely with Seafish Scotland providing a range of courses on their behalf.
We have been working in the brewing industry for over 10 years, supporting employee development through Modern Apprenticeship qualifications, and other learning and development approaches.
Developed by the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink — the sector skills council for the food and drink manufacturing sector, the SVQ in Spirits Operations SCQF Level 6 is awarded by SQA in partnership with NSAFD.


  • "Trainer took time to go through content. Glad to complete SVQ."

    A Learner, Food and Drink Operations Level 2
  • "I feel the trainer could not have been any clearer and concise with all information and could not have been anymore helpful to me completing knowledge and understanding questions."

    A Learner, Food and Drink Operations Level 2
  • "This course has encouraged me to reach deeper into the technical side of my role. This in turn will help me develop my skills further. I will highly recommend this course to my colleagues."

    A Learner, Food and Drink Operations Level 2
  • "Very helpful course, enjoyed the reading and participation. Tutor often spent time explaining and guiding me through to qualification."

    A Learner, Food and Drink Operations Level 2
  • "The trainer provided great support throughout the course. Any questions I had were answered swiftly and in a clear manner. I would highly recommend this great training to future candidates"

    A Learner, Food and Drink Operations Level 2
  • “I believe that the whole team have benefitted from this training and I can see the benefits within individuals with regards to their confidence as it has brought out knowledge that before they may have doubted they knew. The online portal used for the training is beneficial as it gives you the flexibility to fix the training around your work schedule and it is easy to use and it is definitely something worth doing for people who have not already done it. I would finally like to thank the trainer for all their help and assistance over the last 12 months getting us over the line”
    QHSE Manager, Large Production Company
  • “The SVQ qualification provides the knowledge and skills for employees to be competent in their jobs, in addition to having a recognised qualification. It has improved our staff performance, and aided retention of staff and morale.”  
    Factory Manager
  • “We chose Polaris Learning as they are one of the few training providers who offer training workshops as part of the overall Modern Apprenticeship qualification package. We have found working with them to be a good collaborative experience. As Polaris Learning have learned about our business, we have also learned about the standard SVQ units and worked together to adapt the learning materials to be more meaningful to our needs through on-going evaluation with our apprenticeship groups. Together we have been able to work closely to shape the learner journeys for our apprentices, making sure that the learning workshops for each unit not only met the SVQ criteria but match our internal process.”
    Development Specialist, Glenmorangie
  • “Polaris Learning Ltd provides valuable guidance and support to the employees while putting them through the Modern Apprenticeship qualification. We consistently use the Modern Apprenticeship qualification as we find this a reliable way to recruit and retain committed and qualified employees. We also appreciate the financial help from Skills Development Scotland as well as Polaris Learning’s expertise in our industry.”
    Training Manager, Large Production Company

Frequently Asked Questions

What is in it for you?

Modern Apprenticeships can open the door to a career by equipping the trainee with the skills, experience and qualifications required to develop a career path. A key factor to the Modern Apprenticeship programme is that it provides the opportunity for earning while learning.

Do I have to go to college?

No, Modern Apprenticeships are based at your workplace, allowing you to progress your skills in your chosen sector through practical work and through learning.

I am more hands-on than academic, is a Modern Apprenticeship for me?

Yes, a Level 2 qualification is not academic. 


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