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Foundation Apprentices in Fife shared their experiences of work-based learning with employers at a special event.

The youngsters spoke to employers and representatives from Fife Council, Fife College and Skills Development Scotland (SDS) to mark the completion of their Foundation Apprenticeships.

They attended the event at Windmill Community Campus in Kirkcaldy.

Foundation Apprenticeships are open to young people in the senior phase of secondary school, and combine college-style learning with a significant work placement.

Learners complete the apprenticeship and achieve a qualification similar to a Higher.

The qualification is available in 12 different subject areas, including engineering and scientific technologies, and can be used to apply for college or university, or to move into a Modern Apprenticeship or employment.

The Foundation Apprenticeships were run in partnership between Fife Council and Fife College, with funding from SDS.

Skills development

The programme gives young people the opportunity to experience to world of work while gaining skills valued by employers.

At the event, Foundation Apprentices spoke in front of other pupils, staff, councillors, employers and representatives from Fife Council, Fife College and SDS in a question-and-answer panel-style session.

The Foundation Apprentices spoke about their experience of the world of work, and how it has benefited them in terms of skills and understanding.

In Fife, 160 pupils are currently taking part in 12 different frameworks, and applications are open now for the new school year.

'Workforce of the future'

Depute Provost Julie Ford said the Foundation Apprentices are the ‘workforce of the future’.

She added: “Some of their stories are truly inspiring and to see the confidence and skills that they have gained is the best example of the success of this programme."

SDS’s National Manager for Foundation Apprenticeships, Graeme Hendry, said: “It has been really positive to meet young people from across Fife who have benefited from Foundation Apprenticeships.

“Apprenticeships provide young people with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the world of work while working towards an industry-recognised qualification.

“I wish Fife’s Foundation Apprentices the very best of luck for the next steps of their journey in work and learning.”

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