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Carrick Academy pupil Louise Reid has already decided on a career in aeronautical engineering – thanks to a Foundation Apprenticeship.

The Maybole 16-year-old believes this type of work-based learning has helped her decide where her future lies.

Louise, from Maybole, said: “Thanks to the engineering Foundation Apprenticeship, I now know my future is definitely in aeronautical engineering and my dream job would be with the Royal Navy. 

“To anyone considering a Foundation Apprenticeship, I would say 100 per cent to go for it – it helps you plan for your future.” 

She became fascinated with engineering after she was introduced to STEM subjects during her last year at Gardenrose Primary. 

Fast forward six years and the Carrick Academy pupil was able to choose a Foundation Apprenticeship alongside her other fifth-year subjects, providing a qualification at the same level as a Higher. 

The Foundation Apprenticeship means she spends time out of the classroom at Ayrshire College and will also complete a work placement in her second year. 

Louise said: “The Foundation Apprenticeship has set me up for life. It’s a brilliant stepping-stone into either a Modern Apprenticeship job or employment and made me excited for what the future holds.

“My parents have said it’s a great opportunity for me and will help me develop as a person – no matter what my career choice is. 

“It’s helped me realise that I’m more of a practical learner. I could never do a job where I’m just sat in an office – that’s just not for me. 

“My favourite part has been learning about aero fundamentals, especially flight control within the plane. 

“Going to college has developed my self-confidence and independence, as well as giving me an insight into the industry.  

“It’s also different to be learning in a college environment.” 

The Foundation Apprenticeship has set me up for life. It’s a brilliant stepping-stone into either a Modern Apprenticeship job or employment and made me excited for what the future holds.

Louise Reid, Engineering Foundation Apprentice

Louise opted to do her Foundation Apprenticeship alongside five Highers. 

Louse said: “Engineering is a traditionally male sector and three of the 12 participants are female on my course.  

“I don’t feel any different, my parents and everyone on the course have been really supportive.” 

Ayrshire College’s Foundation Apprenticeship and Employer Engagement lead, Kirsty Taylor said: “Louise is already grasping the fundamental aspects of engineering. She’s doing well, and I’ve been impressed with her progression so far. 

“Foundation Apprenticeships provide a hugely valuable opportunity for young people.  

“They set out a clear pathway, whether that person is entering the world of work or going on to further education.” 

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