Foundation Apprentices are usually in S6 at school when they carry out the work placement element of the course. This provides employers a valuable opportunity to meet the workforce of the future.
What is a Foundation Apprenticeship?
Foundation Apprenticeships are a relatively new qualification for Scottish school pupils, these programmes run over the course of S5 and S6 and are a two year commitment. At SCQF Level 6, they are an exciting opportunity developed by Skills Development Scotland to support greater industry engagement with education.
What are the benefits to employers?
The benefits to employers include community engagement and a valuable window of opportunity to meet the workforce of the future. In addition, there are no direct costs involved.
Some local employers, such as Spectraglass, have discovered that supporting the Foundation Apprenticeship programme has fed directly into their workforce, and pupils once on placement are now full-time employees embarking on a Modern Apprenticeship and making a valuable contribution to the business.
What support will we receive from the College?
Our academic teams work closely with employer to ensure both the business and the student are benefiting from the placement.
Emma Bowman, Foundation Apprenticeship and Schools Programme Coordinator is also available at any time.
How old are the young people?
Most are in S6 at school and will be around 17 years of age.
What are the benefits to young people?
For the young people, the work placement element is a highlight of the course, and enhances their confidence to be ‘employer ready’ when they leave school. They also enjoy industry talks from local businesses while in College.
How do I find out more information?
If supporting a placement, or engaging with the programme in another way, is of interest to your business, please contact Emma Bowman, Foundation Apprenticeship and Schools Programme Coordinator via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01738 877 630.