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Educators from across Scotland gathered to support the growth of Foundation Apprenticeships.

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) held the event in partnership with Association of Directors of Education Scotland, which shared best practice on the delivery of Foundation Apprenticeships taking place across the country.

Available to senior phase school pupils, Foundation Apprenticeships are chosen as a subject alongside Highers or Nationals to provide work-based learning opportunities outside of school. Typically taken over two years, Foundation Apprenticeships are available in growth sectors like Engineering and Information Technology and lead to industry-recognised qualifications on completion.

Tackling timetabling

Key to the delivery of Foundation Apprenticeships is the link and co-ordination between schools, learning providers and employers, with schools providing young people with information on the opportunities available and incorporating FA subjects into the curriculum.

The event supported the Scottish Government aim to have up to 5000 Foundation Apprenticeship opportunities available by the end of 2019.

Directors of Education, education officials and teachers from local authorities attended the event at the Radisson Blu, Glasgow, to discuss how best to tackle issues such as timetabling and promotion.


Best practice

To support the workshops, case studies on best practice were produced for Glasgow, Perth & Kinross, Fife, South Lanarkshire and East Renfrewshire.

Skills Development Scotland’s National Manager of Development and Delivery of Foundation and Graduate Apprenticeships, Graeme Hendry said: “Foundation Apprenticeships are increasingly a core part of the curriculum across Scotland.

“Teachers, young people and parents are seeing the real benefits of work-based learning alongside other school subjects.”

More information

Further information on Foundation Apprenticeships and the subjects available is on here

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