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More than 50 pupils from Glasgow and the west of Scotland were recognised at a special celebration event to mark the completion of their Foundation Apprenticeships.

The group of talented youngsters chose to take a two-year Foundation Apprenticeship as a school subject alongside their Highers or National 5s to gain valuable work-based learning.

Developed by Skills Development Scotland, Foundation Apprenticeships offer pupils hands-on experience with a local company and time at college leading to an industry recognised qualification at the same level of learning as a Higher.

The 52 pupils are the first group in Glasgow to complete the courses through the Glasgow Foundation Apprenticeship Consortium.

The consortium is a collaboration between Glasgow Kelvin, Glasgow Clyde and City of Glasgow Colleges, as well as Glasgow City, East Renfrewshire, and East Dunbartonshire Councils.

The joint approach means pupils from 46 schools across the three council areas have access to all 12 FAs, which range from Engineering, ICT, Care, Life Science, Finance and Business.

Employer support

Employers of all sizes such as DELL, Morgan Sindall and Scottish Water are involved in Foundation Apprenticeship delivery with the Glasgow consortium, offering the pupils the chance to gain valuable work experience and skills within their company as an integral part of gaining their Foundation Apprenticeship qualification.

A host of the partner employers, members of the Consortium and SDS joined the pupils at the special event, held at Glasgow City Chambers.

Apprentice pioneers

Glasgow Colleges Regional Chair, Janie McCusker said: “This event recognises the success of our apprentices and the central role played by industry to deliver Foundation Apprenticeships.

“Our Regional Foundation Apprentices are real pioneers and we congratulate them on their success.

“This programme has been jointly built by employers and colleges across the region and offers greater learning choices. Because it has been developed to address the specific needs of employers in growth industries, it offers real career opportunities.

“Glasgow’s apprentices have excelled in their college learning and gained workplace experience, which means they can enter employment and make a contribution to the regional economy immediately. We wish this first cohort every further success in building their careers and futures in this great city."

Pipeline of future talent

SDS Head of Foundation and Graduate Apprenticeships, Diane Greenlees said: “Foundation Apprenticeships give young people the opportunity to experience a career whilst gaining important skills and an industry recognised qualification.

“The partnership work across local authorities, colleges and employers in the west to deliver Foundation Apprenticeships is recognition that they can support ambitions to create a pipeline of skilled talent for the future.”

Foundation Apprenticeships are available in subjects that will give qualifications and experience in jobs that are in demand, to help create Scotland’s future talent pipeline.

Foundation Apprenticeships open up more opportunities for young people. They are recognised qualifications for moving on to a Modern Apprenticeship, applying for college or university.

The Glasgow consortium college partners recognise Foundation Apprenticeships as an entry qualification for respective Higher National Certificate/Diploma programmes.

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