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Latest research shows that young people are gaining the vital skills they need to equip them for the working world through Foundation Apprenticeships.

Following research conducted by Skills Development Scotland, pupils taking Foundation Apprenticeships have reported a range of improved skills that employers look for:

  • 94% reported improved communication skills and confidence
  • 93% reported improved teamworking skills
  • 90% reported improved problem solving and organisational skills

All of these attributes, or ‘meta skills’, are recognised as key in supporting individuals to be able to thrive and adapt throughout their career within a rapidly changing work environment.

The research also revealed that 91% of learners in-training said they would recommend the Foundation Apprenticeship to a friend or family member. Reasons included the opportunity to provide experience of the industry and that an FA helped to begin or further their career.

 

Work-based qualification

Foundation Apprenticeships have been developed by Skills Development Scotland in partnership with industry and supported by the European Social Fund.

Taken over one or two years by senior phase school pupils as a subject alongside Nationals and Highers, completion of a Foundation Apprenticeship leads to a qualification at the same level as a Higher.

Foundation Apprenticeships provide work-based learning opportunities for young people, supporting skills demands from employers and creating pathways into critical occupations for the Scottish economy. 

Recognised by all Scottish universities and colleges, Foundation Apprenticeships support progression on to a job, such as a Modern or Graduate Apprenticeship, or on to further and higher education.

“The evidence we are gathering from both Foundation Apprentices and their employers reinforces that Foundation Apprenticeships are supporting young people to develop vital skill they need to adapt throughout their working lives.”

SDS Director of Critical Skills and Occupations, Diane Greenlees

More confidence and maturity

The learner survey results follow a 2018 survey of employers, with those who took on Foundation Apprentices stating that those young people were well equipped to participate in work while on placement because they arrived with relevant knowledge and skills.

Most employers in the survey said that they saw young people becoming more confident through their work placement. They felt that being in a working environment helped young people gain maturity and to take ownership of their learning.

Another recent survey of employers conducted by the Scottish Government also revealed that 62% of employers said work experience is critical or significant when recruiting.

Supporting skills demand

Director of Critical Skills and Occupations, Diane Greenlees said: “Foundation Apprenticeships support skills demands from employers and create pathways for young people into critical occupations for the Scottish economy. 

“The evidence we are gathering from both Foundation Apprentices and their employers reinforces that Foundation Apprenticeships are supporting young people to develop vital skill they need to adapt throughout their working lives.”

Find out more

Visit apprenticeships.scot/fa for more information about Foundation Apprenticeships.

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