Advice for Parents
Why your child should consider doing a Foundation Apprenticeship in S5 / S6
Foundation Apprenticeships are a great way for young people to broaden their options and get a taste of their potential career before they have left school.
Lasting for two years, they are available to pupils moving into fifth year and are taken alongside their other school subjects, such as National 5s or Highers, as one of their subject choices. Pupils study for four days at school and at Perth College UHI on a Friday. There is also relevant work experience included.
Young people working towards a Foundation Apprenticeship gain knowledge, skills and hands-on industry experience at college and with a local employer. It is an industry-recognised qualification set at SCQF level 6, the same level of learning as a Higher. Each of the qualifications has the same Tariff Points as two or three Highers, see individual course descriptors for actual equivalence. Universities are building the FA qualification into their entry criteria.
Foundation Apprenticeships are a great way for young people to broaden their options and get a taste of their potential career before they have left school. A Foundation Apprenticeship, allows your child to develop the knowledge, skills and experience to:
- have the option to apply for accelerated entry to a Modern Apprenticeship or entry onto a Graduate Level Apprenticeship.
- progress through a College or University pathway to HNC, HND or degree level and beyond.
- make their application and personal statement for College or University stand out from the crowd.
- form useful industry contacts and improve their job prospects after leaving school.
Foundation Apprenticeships have been specifically developed in close consultation with employers to address skills gaps in key growth sectors. This means that your child would enter a career pathway where there is a real future. Perth College UHI offers Foundation Apprenticeships in the following industry areas:
- Civil Engineering
- Social Services (Children & young people)
- Social Services (Healthcare)
- Business Skills
- Creative and Digital Media
Your child will already be thinking about what subjects they want to study next year. If you think a Foundation Apprenticeship might help them to get a head start in their career, please encourage them to speak to their guidance teacher or school’s Careers Adviser.