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A Foundation Apprenticeship has helped Stirling teenager Alexander McBroom realise his career dream while still at school.

The 16-year-old has always known he wanted to work with children and heard about Foundation Apprenticeships at Bannockburn High School.

Foundation Apprenticeships are subject choices for pupils in fifth or sixth year which help them get a head-start in their careers.

Pupils spend time out of the classroom with a local learning provider, such as a college, and get experience with an employer.

Alexander said: “I really liked the idea of getting work experience, learning in a practical way and doing a qualification that is the same as a Higher.”

He was aware of apprenticeships as his brother Jack is a stonemason, so he knew that it involved learning at college while earning at work.

Alexander began his Children and Young People Foundation Apprenticeship last August and is already looking forward to his work placement which will be in a local nursery.

He said: “Working with children is something I have always wanted to do, because you can see them learn through doing activities and how play can help them learn new skills.”

He hopes to follow his Foundation Apprenticeship with a Modern Apprenticeship.

He said: “I would say to anyone who is thinking about a Foundation Apprenticeship to go for it.

“Foundation Apprenticeships help to build your confidence and communication skills as well as helping you to learn.

“A Foundation Apprenticeship puts you in the right mindset for going into work and is a great start to your career.”

A Foundation Apprenticeship puts you in the right mindset for going into work and is a great start to your career.

Alexander McBroom, Foundation Apprentice

Forth Valley College School Partnership Support Officer, Iasha Craig, said: “Foundation Apprenticeships are an excellent route into the workforce and provide a great foundation on which young people like Alexander can build a broad skillset, whilst also gaining qualifications and workplace experience. 

“Forth Valley College is working closely with local Early Learning and Childcare providers to give young people a greater range of qualifications and experience which develop the skills for their future careers and prepares young people for the world of work.

“The hands-on nature of apprenticeships is hugely popular with employers, who say that practical skills are just as important as academic qualifications. 

“It is important to highlight that the Early Learning and Childcare workforce is expanding and there are going to be exciting opportunities available in the Early Learning and Childcare sector in the next few years.”

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