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.
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.
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.
|Achieve the foundation apprenticeship while still at school|
|Gain a qualification recognised by employers|
|Visit local employers throughout the course|
|Substantial work experience|
|Opportunities to be seen by an employer|
|Experience to boost your CV or application for college, university or a job|
|Step into an exciting and growing industry that needs skilled people|
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. Each course will run for two years starting in August 2017.
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For any queries or someone to speak to about Foundation Apprenticeships please email Kirsty Taylor: DYW@ayrshire.ac.uk
FIRST PUPILS IN SCOTLAND TO COMPLETE FOUNDATION APPRENTICESHIPS
The first pupils in Scotland have completed Foundation Apprenticeships this year at West Lothian College and Fife College.
“I’ve enjoyed the work and the environment. On this course you’re given more space to work on your own and you’re treated more like an adult. I’ve learned a lot..." Emma Scott, Engineering Foundation Apprentice
Callum, from Cowdenbeath, explains how it was the good thinking of a school teacher that helped him realise he could lay the foundations for a career in his chosen craft by taking a Foundation Apprenticeship.
(Videos commissioned by Skills Development Scotland)