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A Foundation Apprenticeship has helped create a pathway for Stevenston schoolgirl Megan Anderson to potentially follow in her dad’s footsteps. 

The Auchenharvie Academy pupil believes her Foundation Apprenticeship has given her a positive insight into the world of mechanical engineering. 

Megan, currently in fifth year, chose an engineering Foundation Apprenticeship with Ayrshire College, whilst studying two National 5s and two Highers. 

Pupils spend time out of the classroom with a learning provider and in a workplace to gain a qualification at the same level as Higher, which is recognised by all of Scotland’s universities and colleges. 

Megan said: “I’ve always had an eye for engineering as a potential career path so to get this opportunity whilst still at school has been amazing. 

“I’m still not 100% sure what I want to do but my dad was an engineer in the Army so that’s something I wouldn’t rule out in the future.”  

The 16-year old believes that the experience of going to college for the Foundation Apprenticeship has made her more confident. 

She said: “When I first started I was really nervous and didn’t talk to anyone but now I’m much more comfortable.  

“There’s no doubting the Foundation Apprenticeship helped improve my team-working skills.” 

Megan is also keen to let others know the benefits of Foundation Apprenticeships, especially females considering a career in engineering. 

She said “It’s good to go and get practical learning in a subject that you’re actually interested in and the Foundation Apprenticeship allows you to do that. 

“There’s a few girls in my class and we aren’t treated any differently because everyone realises we’re just as capable as the boys.” 

There’s a few girls in my class and we aren’t treated any differently because everyone realises we’re just as capable as the boys.

Megan Anderson, Foundation Apprentice

Jill Fisher, Megan’s engineering lecturer at Ayrshire College said 

“Megan is hard working and motivated enough to achieve any chosen career goal. Her enthusiasm is fantastic and it is evident that Engineering would suit her problem solving and logical mind.” 

“A Foundation Apprenticeship allows learners to get involved in practically creating objects from diagrams by using knowledge and skills learned in the classroom” 

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