The first pupils in Scotland to complete new Foundation Apprenticeships have been recognised for their achievements.
Pupils taking part in Foundation Apprenticeships in Engineering at West Lothian College and Fife College received their certificates at events organised by the colleges.
Glasgow and Dunbartonshire pupil were also awarded with their FA in Financial Services at an event at the City of Glasgow College’s Riverside campus.
With a Foundation Apprenticeship under their belt these young people now plan to continue their education at college or university, gain accelerated entry into a related Modern Apprenticeship or go directly into employment.
Connor, a Bannerman High School pupil who has recently completed an FA in Financial Services and started with Nexus Wealth Management earlier this week said:
“I would highly recommend the Foundation Apprenticeship. You not only get a qualification but also practical work skills as the course is split between learning theory at college and getting hands-on experience within a business, which I gained during my time with Barclay Stockbrokers.
“I enjoyed the course at City of Glasgow College. I appreciated the mix of people and the chance to grow up and become independent. The Apprenticeship gives you an advantage when applying for jobs and attending interviews. Being able to say you’ve had experience working for a large company such as Barclay makes you stand out as a candidate.”
Emma Scott, a pupil at Lochgelly High School has enjoyed her time as an engineering Foundation Apprentice. She said:
“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 – it’s not all machinery, there are a lot of technical drawing skills to master on the course which has been great for me. I would recommend it to everyone and especially encourage girls to give it a try.
“I’d really like to be an architect – my Highers and my Foundation Apprenticeship in engineering have enabled me to secure a place at Dundee University to study architecture which I’m looking forward to starting in September.”
Diane Greenlees, Head of Foundation Apprenticeships at Skills Development Scotland said:
“Foundation Apprenticeships introduce young people to the world of work and equips them with the skills and experience to gain accelerated entry onto a Modern Apprenticeship or continue their studies at college or university.
“The first young people to complete a Foundation Apprenticeship in engineering and financial services represents a key milestone in the development of this new work-based learning programme and I’d like to pay tribute to the hard work and dedication of young people, colleges, schools and employers taking part.”
Hear more from those at the City of Glasgow College event