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Employers, learning providers and apprentices from across the country gathered to discuss Foundation Apprenticeships.

More than 90 people attended the event, which was co-ordinated by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and focused on supporting the development of Foundation Apprenticeships.

Foundation Apprenticeships give young people in S5 and S6 the opportunity to complete work-based learning and gain a nationally recognised qualification, at the same level as a Higher, alongside their other subjects.

SDS National manager for Foundation Apprenticeships, Graeme Hendry said: “More young people than ever before are choosing work-based learning.

“The key to the success of Foundation Apprenticeships is the links between education, learning providers and employers.

“That’s why bringing all those with a shared interest in the development and growth of Foundation Apprenticeships together is crucial.”

The Community of Practice events aim to improve the quality of experience for learners and employers involved in Foundation Apprenticeships.

West College Scotland, Renfrewshire Council and North Lanarkshire Council also shared their experiences of supporting Foundation Apprentices into Modern Apprenticeship opportunities.

Jasmine Greer, Ben McLean and Fraser Wallace shared their recent experience of undertaking Foundation Apprenticeships in the areas of Business Administration, Civil Engineering and Engineering.

Ben, who now plans to go on and complete a Modern Apprenticeship, said: “I wouldn’t have secured this opportunity if I hadn’t completed a Foundation Apprenticeship.

“It’s given me the confidence and ability to go to the next level and I couldn’t recommend it enough.”


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