Foundation Apprentices have ‘kick-started’ their careers!

Foundation Apprentices have ‘kick-started’ their careers!

Ayrshire College celebrated their first group of pupils to complete a Foundation Apprenticeship in Ayrshire, at the Kilwinning Campus on 5 June 2018.

The pupils received a certificate of achievement, a medal, and a toolbox.  These were presented by Carol Nisbet, Director of Schools, Essential Skills and Widening Access, and Helen Allison, Partnership and Delivery Manager from Skills Development Scotland. School partners, parents/guardians/carers, and college staff joined in the celebration.   

The two-year engineering Foundation Apprenticeship course, launched in August 2016, has proved to be a successful addition to the existing School-College Programme.

Engagement from local employers, complemented this work-based learning programme, by hosting site visits, mentoring pupils and by offering work experience placements.

Foundation Apprentice, Alex McLauchlan commented: “I enjoyed the Foundation Apprenticeship, especially the site visits to local engineering companies, as well as the work-experience with an employer over the summer.”

The Foundation Apprentices, a mix of Prestwick Academy, Greenwood Academy, and St Matthews Academy pupils, have demonstrated the value of a Foundation Apprenticeship through their progression onto positive destinations.

Progression destinations range from Higher National Certificate courses in engineering, joining the Merchant Navy, and gaining employment through a Modern Apprenticeship from a variety of companies including; UTC and GE Caledonian.

Kirsty Taylor, Foundation Apprenticeships and Employer Engagement Lead, commented “The introduction of Foundation Apprenticeships to Ayrshire College has been a great success.

“We are delighted to see the first cohort of Engineering Foundation Apprentices progress to fantastic destinations.

“These courses have been created to help accelerate a young person’s career, I’m thrilled we are seeing that happen already.”

Helen Allison, Partnership and Delivery Manager from Skills Development Scotland said: “The real benefit of a Foundation Apprenticeship is providing young people with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the world of work, while working towards an industry-recognised qualification.

“Foundation Apprentices will have the experience of the world of work that their peers might not have, putting them in a good position for the future.

“It has been really positive to meet young people from across Ayrshire who have benefited from Foundation Apprenticeships.

“I wish them the very best of luck for the next steps of their journey in work and learning.”

8 June 2018

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