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Aberdeenshire teenager Rebecca Munro’s Foundation Apprenticeship has proved to be the perfect step on her path to future success.

With an interest in developing a career in engineering, the 17-year-old learned about how she could benefit from a Foundation Apprenticeship when she went to a parents’ evening at Fraserburgh Academy.

Rebecca said: “My careers adviser Elizabeth Bruce told me about it and informed me of the Engineering Foundation Apprenticeship. I thought it would work for me as I enjoy practical working.”

Building on experience

Foundation Apprenticeships are an option choice for Scottish pupils in S5 and S6. At the same level as a Higher, they combine classroom-based learning with an extended work placement, giving young people a valuable insight into industry while supporting them to develop the vital skills that employers need.

As part of her school timetable, Rebecca attends North East Scotland College where she is completing a National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering along with core units from the SVQ Level 2 in Performing Engineering Operations.

Alongside the classroom-based study, she enjoys gaining practical experience in the college workshops.

“I did woodwork at school, so I had that experience but wanted to learn new ways of working and using analogue and digital measuring tools,” she said.

Engineering her future

Rebecca gets support from Score Europe Training Manager, Stevie Wilson

Cemented passion for engineering

Rebecca is currently completing her work placement with Peterhead-based Score Europe Ltd. This experience has helped her translate her classroom and workshop-based learning into a real-world context.

Rebecca explained: “It has been really good to be at college and at Score while I’m still at school. After college I would like to work at Score Group as I’ve enjoyed learning and gaining new skills.”

Her experience as a Foundation Apprentice has confirmed her passion for engineering and she is has applied for a Graduate Apprenticeship with Score.

'Foundation Apprenticeships a win/win'

Score Europe Training Manager Stevie Wilson believes a Foundation Apprenticeship gives young people vital real-life workplace experience.

He said: “Score has a good relationship with local schools and colleges. We have always tried to support initiatives which build young peoples’ employability skills. Foundation Apprenticeships are a win/win. 

“Since she started with us, Rebecca has gained a wider awareness of the working world.”

Director of Business Development at North East Scotland College Duncan Abernethy said: “Rebecca’s Foundation Apprenticeship has increased her understanding of potential career pathways and let her consider alternative routes to develop her career.

“Foundation Apprenticeships are an excellent opportunity for both industry and young people to engage more directly, giving businesses an insight into individual capabilities, attitudes and work ethic which can be key for identifying new talent. We are delighted to be part of Rebecca’s journey towards future career success.”

More information

Visit apprenticeships.scot to find out more about Foundation Apprenticeships.

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