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More than 180 pupils, representing schools across seven local authorities including the partnership of Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire, were recognised at a special celebration event to mark the completion of their Foundation Apprenticeships.

The talented youngsters chose to take a one or two-year Foundation Apprenticeship as a school subject alongside their Highers or Nationals to gain an industry recognised work-based learning qualification.

Watch a film of the event here

Developed by Skills Development Scotland, Foundation Apprenticeships offer pupils vocational and personal development skills learning at college and a hands-on work experience with an employer leading to a qualification at the same level of learning as a Higher.


Employer support

The celebration event, which took place in Glasgow City Chambers, was organised by Glasgow Regional Consortium, which represents the three local authorities; Glasgow City, East Dunbartonshire, and East Renfrewshire councils and all three colleges in Glasgow; Glasgow Kelvin College, Glasgow Clyde College and City of Glasgow College.

The school pupils gained industry-recognised qualifications across all skills frameworks involved in the Foundation Apprenticeship programme which includes the STEM subjects, ICT, Business, Creative Industries and Healthcare sectors.

The apprenticeship forms part of their senior phase subject choices and allows them to attend college whilst still attending school.

Employers of all sizes based in the area, such as McTaggarts, Scottish Enterprise, Dell, DF Concerts and NHS, offer Foundation Apprentices the chance to gain valuable work experience and skills within their company as an integral part of gaining their Foundation Apprenticeship qualification.

Celebration and achievement

Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills was invited along to deliver the keynote speech to a packed venue which included the pupils, families and employers as well as representatives from the consortium partners.

Chair of Glasgow Colleges’ Regional Board, Janie McCusker, helped to present certificates to the successful students in front of their proud friends and families.

As part of the celebration event, a Q and A session was held with a panel where schools, employers and apprentices old and new were happy to answer questions from the audience. It was a lively session and the Minister had the opportunity to meet the students who were delighted to have the chance to chat with him.

Over 580 more opportunities this year

This year, the Consortium is offering 583 Foundation Apprenticeship opportunities across thirteen frameworks.

Pupils are still able to select these Foundation Apprenticeships and should contact their guidance teacher or school careers adviser if they would like to know more.

Janie McCusker, Chair of Glasgow Colleges’ Regional Board, said: “Collaboration has been key to the success of our Foundation Apprentices programme. Glasgow’s three colleges are working closely with Skills Development Scotland, Glasgow City Council, the Scottish Government and the wider business community to deliver this initiative.

"As a result, these apprenticeships have given young people exposure to the world of work, which helps them to develop valuable skills, knowledge and experience.

"We want to congratulate all of the pupils who have completed their Foundation Apprenticeships and are pleased to celebrate their achievements."



5,000 opportunities nationwide

Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills, added: “I was delighted to attend the Glasgow Foundation Apprenticeship Celebration event to meet with Scotland’s Foundation Apprentices, and I welcomed hearing first-hand about how the apprenticeship is helping to equip more young people at school with industry recognised qualifications. The practical experience and skills they learn will help them to meet industry demands, both now and in the future.

“Young people completing Foundation Apprenticeships today are the skilled workforce of tomorrow. Not only do Foundation Apprenticeships foster stronger links between employers and education, they also give local employers the opportunity to play a more active role in developing the young workforce and shape the next generation of talent.

“The Scottish Government will continue to work closely with Skills Development Scotland going forward, to maximise the uptake of the 5,000 opportunities now available for 2019.”

Graeme Hendry, SDS National Manager, Development and Delivery of Foundation and Graduate Apprenticeships said: “Foundation Apprenticeships open up more career pathways and opportunities for young people, giving them the qualifications to move on to a job such as a Modern or Graduate Apprenticeship or apply for college or university.

“Not only do Foundation Apprenticeships give young people a head start with experience in their chosen sector, they provide vital skills needed for the workplace such as communication, team working and self-management.”


More information

To find out about Foundation Apprenticeships, opportunities to take one in your area, or to become an apprentice employer visit

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