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Cameron Smith’s choice of a Foundation Apprenticeship has helped him decide his future goals.

The Edinburgh-based pupil chose an apprenticeship in place of a subject choice at Broughton High School as he wanted to gain practical experience of the workplace.

Foundation Apprenticeships are courses designed for S5 and S6 pupils. They combine school and college learning with work experience. These apprenticeships are studied alongside other school subjects and are similar to a Higher.

With 12 different options to choose from, Cameron decided upon Financial Services, delivered through Edinburgh College.

He said: “Choosing the apprenticeship in place of a subject offered me a chance to get an insight into the world of work which traditionally wouldn’t have been possible through school.”

The 17-year-old said: “It was definitely a good decision – I’ve really broadened my knowledge of the financial industry.”

“This experience has helped me decide my future career goals and I’ve been able to narrow down my final decisions about what I want to do after I leave school.”

Cameron Smith, Foundation Apprentice

Cameron recently spent a week on placement at Scotia Wealth Management, which he says has been incredibly valuable experience.

He said: “The Foundation Apprenticeship has been a great thing for me to do. As a young person, I’ve gained experiences which others my age might not have had the chance to do.

“I really enjoyed my time at Scotia Wealth Management, I learned a lot. It’s really good to be able to practically implement what I’ve learned at Edinburgh College. By putting it in to practice, I feel like I’m learning it more thoroughly.”

The apprenticeship has not only given Cameron knowledge of the financial industry but also helped him decide the career path he wants to follow.

“This experience has helped me decide my future career goals and I’ve been able to narrow down my final decisions about what I want to do after I leave school.”

When he leaves school next year, Cameron hopes to study Business Management at university, with the end goal of running his own business.

Edinburgh College assistant principal for Income and Product Development Mike Jeffrey said: “Foundation Apprenticeships are a great way for pupils like Cameron to gain work experience and try out a career while they’re still at school.

“Foundation Apprenticeships not only benefit pupils by giving them a qualification and valuable work experience, they also benefit employers who offer placements in their workplace - having young people come into your business can bring fresh new ideas and help shape future talent.”

Want to know more?

Visit Apprenticeships.scot for information on becoming an apprentice and taking on an apprentice.

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