School Pupils... Did you know that there are a number of options to study at college while you are still at school?
Schools and colleges are dedicated to working together to ensure that young people are given the opportunity to gain vocational experience and to study a subject that might not be available to them at school.
School college partnerships are part of the Developing the Young Workforce Initiative to reduce youth unemployment. It seeks to ensure a work relevant educational experience for young people and enable them to make informed and ambitious choices about jobs and careers. Discussions with employers have revealed they are seeking to recruit young people with work related experience and skills. Ayrshire College's Developing the Young Workforce Team works closely with all Ayrshire Secondary Schools to create the best opportunities and experiences for young people in Ayrshire.
Studying at college during S4-S6 at school will enable pupils to gain additional skills and experience to prepare them for future studies and/or career.
Careful guidance and career advice within schools makes sure that pupils make the choice that is right for them. It is important to consider the pupils interests and skills, as well as what their motivation is for taking the course.
Involvement in Foundation Apprenticeships gives employers the chance to interact with and identify committed, skilled and motivated young people that could be recruited by their company in the future. Foundation Apprenticeships are courses designed for S5 pupils to combine school learning, college learning and work experience. A Foundation Apprenticeship is studied alongside other school subjects. During the two year course (S5-S6) pupils will spend two afternoons a week at college. The course also enables them to spend time at a work placements with industry employers, exposing them early on to the world of work and employer expectations.
The development of the Foundation Apprenticeship is to help Scotland’s young people gain valuable work experience and have the opportunity for work-based learning while still attending school. Skills Development Scotland developed Foundation Apprenticeships to reduce youth unemployment by supporting pupils to build the skills they need to be successful when they leave school.
A Foundation Apprenticeship is a great start towards a Modern Apprenticeship. A Modern Apprenticeship is learning while at work and earning at the same time. Unlike a Foundation Apprenticeship, a Modern Apprenticeship is not completed while still at school.
There are also routes into further education in a College or University or a job after completion.
Ayrshire College currently offers a Foundation Apprenticeship in Engineering, Social Services: Children & Young People, and IT: Software development, IT: Hardware & Systems Support, and Civil Engineering. Each course will run for two years starting in June 2018.
Find out more about our Foundation Apprentices by reading Jodie and Fraser's Story.
For any queries or someone to speak to about Foundation Apprenticeships please email Kirsty Taylor: firstname.lastname@example.org or complete this form.
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