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An interest in fixing cars and boats led Perth and Kinross teenager Megan Gordon to a Foundation Apprenticeship in engineering.

The 16-year-old from Blairgowrie learned about this type of work-based learning from her guidance teacher at Perth High School.

She said: “I like the idea of doing something practical and hands-on.

“That really appealed to me as I enjoy fixing cars and boats. My grandfather was an engineering technician, so I’ve always been interested in that type of work.”

Foundation Apprenticeships mean pupils spend time out of the classroom with a learning provider and in a workplace to gain a qualification at the same level as  a Higher, giving them a head-start on their career.

Megan now spends time out of the classroom at Perth College UHI

She said: “The Foundation Apprenticeship has been a great experience. It challenges you, but it is definitely worth it.

“I think I like it because it is a mixture of problem solving, Computer Aided Design and building things like circuit boards.

“My friends think it is great and I hope it might encourage other girls to consider engineering as a career. I like the Foundation Apprenticeship because you feel you are learning while you’re doing something practical.”

My friends think it is great and I hope it might encourage other girls to consider engineering as a career. I like the Foundation Apprenticeship because you feel you are learning while you’re doing something practical.

Megan Gordon, Foundation Apprentice

She is balancing her school and college work with a part-time job as a waitress and while she admits she is busy, Megan would recommend a Foundation Apprenticeship to other young people.

Megan said: “I am enjoying my Foundation Apprenticeship and I would say to anyone who is thinking about it to go for it.”

Perth College UHI’s Foundation Apprenticeship Coordinator, Kevin Lamont, said: “Megan is performing very well in her studies and the Foundation Apprenticeship will help her to get to where she wants to go in her engineering career.

“The employers working with us benefit too. They can see the young person in their workplace and basically give them a trial, see what they can do on a placement and if they’re the sort of person that they would employ.”

“Perth College UHI has been offering Foundation Apprenticeships to pupils across the region for four years now.

“It’s been a fantastic opportunity for Perth and Kinross’s young people.

“The Foundation Apprenticeship is all about giving the pupils different career pathways.

“They get to study in three different places – school, college and the workplace.

“Hopefully, at the end of it, they’ll either get a Modern Apprenticeship or use it like any other Higher and go to college or university.”

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