The Scottish FA recognises that the main priority of a youth development team within every professional club is to produce the best players possible.
However, there is also a responsibility is to provide players with an education which will enhance their playing ability and off-field life.
The Scottish FA’s Modern Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence assists with the further education of young players at under-17 and under-19 level at various Scottish Premier League and and Scottish Football League clubs across the country.
The programme helps players to find a college course appropriate to their needs and interests, and delivers a Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) Level 3 award over a two year period.
The programme, funded by Skills Development Scotland (SDS), allows young players to develop skills at any level of education.
Whether it is plumbing, joinery, accountancy or sports coaching, the SVQ helps to give these young professionals an opportunity to have a bright and rewarding future after their football playing career comes to an end.