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Civil engineering apprenticeship has laid foundation for Sophia’s career

Taking a Foundation Apprenticeship gave Sophia Findlay the chance to find out what a career in engineering would be like and now it’s cemented her plans for the future.

The 17-year-old from Springboig in Glasgow was planning to leave school at the end of fifth year and didn’t know what she wanted to do for a living.

Then, her mum told her about opportunities through Foundation Apprenticeships.

The St. Andrew’s RC Secondary pupil chose to take a Foundation Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering in fifth year, alongside other school subjects.

Foundation Apprenticeships give senior school pupils the chance to spend time out of the classroom with a learning provider and gain experience in a work environment.

Completion leads to a qualification at the same level as a Higher, to progress into work including Modern and Graduate Apprenticeships as well as being recognised for entry into colleges and universities across Scotland.

Sophia explained: “I had no real plan about what I wanted to do and thought I could maybe go to college and take up an art course.

“My mum told me about Foundation Apprenticeships and thought it would be worth doing because I would get work experience with a qualification and be able to stay in school until sixth year.”

Sophia took the Foundation Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering at Glasgow Kelvin College alongside her other school subjects.

In the first year, Sophia went to college two half days a week.  “My first year at college was really good” said Sophia. “I wasn’t sure what to expect, but there were also two other girls doing the Foundation Apprenticeship, so I felt more comfortable. The learning eased us in well because we weren’t bombarded with a lot of information.”

Now Sophia’s out of school one day a week getting her hands dirty, working on building sites with social housing developer, McTaggart Construction.

“At the moment I get to watch and learn,” said Sophia. “I’m looking forward to learn on the job and get hands on experience.”

Doing the Foundation Apprenticeship has opened her eyes up to different aspects of engineering Sophia didn’t know about, which has now given her a clear idea of what career she wants to pursue.

Sophia said: “I got to find out more about the career choices in Civil Engineering through the Foundation Apprenticeship and I thought they were fascinating.

“There is an opportunity to work in areas like flood protection and environmental protection, which really appeals to me because they are dealing with important issues.”

Ross Hammell, Sustainable Communities Programme Manager at McTaggart Construction:

“McTaggart Construction sees FA’s as a key element of our talent pipeline mix, alongside other traditional academic and vocational routes. The construction industry needs many more confident, hardworking young people across all disciplines to address the current skills shortage we face. The world of work can be a shock to a lot of school leavers, therefore FA’s offer the opportunity to gain a true understanding of a potential career path before they’ve even left school.”

“Since starting her FA with McTaggart Construction, Sophia has gained a lot of confidence which has enabled her to ask more questions and get more from her time on site, applying academic learning.”

Taking the Foundation Apprenticeship has changed Sophia’s opinion of school.

She explained: “Taking the Foundation Apprenticeship has given me something to look forward to and I’m excited to learn what the career would be like.

“Getting the experience of college and the workplace with my Foundation Apprenticeship has made me happier and more confident.”

Peter Brown, Senior Curriculum Manager from Glasgow Kelvin College said: “The Foundation Apprenticeship programme provides a range of benefits to our learners, chief among these being the opportunity to undertake a long-term work placement with an employer.

“During this time learners are given an invaluable insight into the world of work and a hands-on experience which inspires and shapes their future career paths whilst also preparing and equipping them with skills that are valued by industry.

“Furthermore, the Foundation Apprenticeship offers them the opportunity to learn in a programme and environment that has been solely designed with employment in mind.   Subjects they are currently studying at school e.g. Maths, Physics or IT are given real-world value through contextualisation and simulation of industry.  As a result, many learners better engage at school as abstract concepts now have real meaning and importance to their future career aspirations.”

Foundation Apprenticeships are developed by Skills Development Scotland, in partnership with employers and funded by European Social Fund.

Foundation Apprenticeships: Preparing Young People for the World of Work

Foundation Apprenticeships offer young people valuable work-based learning opportunities to develop their skills and employer connections  in order to build their future career pathways.

Learners will now have the option to select a Foundation Apprenticeship as one of their senior phase subject choices and complete the qualification over one or two years in collaboration with local learning provider, such as a college and with an employer.

Skills Development Scotland has developed the Foundation Apprenticeship programme, in partnership with education and industry, which now feature  on the senior phase curriculum in most secondary schools in Scotland.  Young people can select a Foundation Apprenticeship as one of their subject choices and complete the qualification over one or two years, usually starting in S5 or S6 . This provides them  with a real, practical work placement which will give their career a head start and looks great on their CV.
A Foundation Apprenticeship is a chance to try a career out  to decide if it’s right for them.  Whatever young people want to do after school – straight into work, onto a Modern or Graduate Apprenticeship or to college or university – a Foundation Apprenticeship can open up their options.

Watch this clip to find out more about FAs:  youtube.com/scottishapprenticeship

Foundation Apprenticeships are designed by employers to ensure the qualification and skills young people develop throughout are what are needed for the world of work. Employers therefore help shape the next generation of talent and build the skills they require for their future career pathways .   At the same time Foundation Apprenticeships allow employers to spot talented, motivated learners who could become their future employees.

For more information on Foundation Apprenticeships visit  apprenticeships.scot/foundation or follow  @apprentice_scot .

FA PowerPoint presentation: FA Presentation

Download an overview of the key aspects of FAs here:  foundation-apprenticeships-positioning-doc-august-2018

SDS Event: ‘Ensuring Foundation Apprenticeships are at the heart of the curriculum’ – catch up

A thought-provoking event on the further expansion of Foundation Apprenticeships across the country has taken place in August with a number of inspirational presentation s by gues speakers:

Presentation – Damien Yeates
Presentation – Tony McDaid
Presentation – Diane Greenlees
Presentation – Philip Black
Fife case study
South Lanarkshire case study
East Renfrewshire case study
Glasgow case study
Perth and Kinross case study

If you would like a colleague from Skills Development Scotland to get in touch regarding Foundation Apprenticeships, contact SDS at conference@sds.co.uk .

Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2017

twitter-images-apprenticeship-weekScottish Apprenticeship Week is a nationwide celebration showing that apprenticeships work for businesses, individuals and the economy and encouraging more employers to take on apprentices.

From 6 to 10 March the campaign theme for 2017 is ‘Apprenticeships are Changing’.With a commitment to more Modern Apprenticeships; the introduction of Foundation and Graduate Level Apprenticeships – it’s never been more important to promote the apprenticeship family.

Organisations and employers are being urged to take part and share the business benefits of apprenticeships with others. Organised by Skills Development Scotland (SDS), #ScotAppWeek17 highlights the commitment of businesses who have decided to invest in the skills of their workforce and showcases the successes of apprentices who have chosen to get a job, get paid and get qualified.

Visit the campaign homepage scottishapprenticeshipweek.com for information on the week, to register events and to access the digital toolkit featuring images, posters and social media designs.

SDS: Help with subject choices

The subjects your child chooses at school can have an impact on sds-in-school-infographics-aw2what they can study at college or university and what jobs they can go for in the future.

Skills Development Scotland careers advisers are available in schools for one-to-one sessions with pupils making early subject choices.

Building career management skills, these sessions aim to prepare young people to make confident, informed subject choices.

The careers adviser will support the young person to explore the impact of choices, understand what or who is influencing them and discuss the support offered by My World of Work’s subject choices tool.

Parents and teachers can get involved in this discussion or at another time.

My World of Work is packed with tools, information and resources to help young people with answering key questions and putting together a shortlist of subjects they can discuss with their parents, carers, teachers and careers adviser.

There’s also information for parents and carers on supporting their child at subject choice time.

Find out more about SDS careers services in schools

Go to myworldofwork.co.uk

Foundation Apprenticeships

Foundation Apprenticeships allow young people to get a head start in their career by knowledge and skills that are applied in the workplace – all before they’ve left school.

Sitting a Foundation Apprenticeship takes two years, usually starting in fifth year and is studied alongside National 5s and Highers. The difference is spending time out of school at college and with a top employer, so pupils get real, hands-on experience of the world of work.

It’s a chance to gain an industry-recognised qualifications (set at SQCF level 6) that opens up options for young people when they leave school.

Foundation Apprenticeships in ten subjects – including software development, healthcare, financial services and engineering – are available to pupils going into S5.

Find out more

Making skills work and promoting apprenticeships

letitiaFrom As the national skills body, we, Skills Development Scotland (SDS) support the people and businesses of Scotland by delivering services that help them to achieve their ambitions.

With careers advisers in secondary schools and high street centres across the country, we are passionate about developing skills in the community and getting more young people into work.

We also support and promote work based learning and apprenticeships which offer young people the chance to get a job, get paid and get qualified.

As part of this promotion, we are working with employers, training providers and partners to co-ordinate events and activity throughout autumn to raise awareness of apprenticeships and the benefits of work based learning.

The Scottish Government’s Youth Employment Strategy and the aims of Developing the Young Workforce include reducing youth unemployment and bringing education and industry closer together.

To support this, young people in Dumfries and Galloway are encouraged find out more about apprenticeships at an upcoming SDS event taking place on Friday 25th at Easterbrook Hall.

Aimed at pupils from S2 to S4, this event will help inform pupils when making choices about their future. It provides  a great opportunity to hear real life experiences from apprentices as well as the chance to meet employers.  Young people will get an insight as to the benefits of apprenticeships and career opportunities provided by work based learning through exclusive demonstrations.

mohammadYou might not know but there are more than 25,500 new Modern Apprenticeship opportunities across Scotland each year, with over 80 different types available in hundreds of jobs!  From financial services and healthcare to construction and IT, each apprenticeship is developed by industry to suit their needs.    This means that apprentices can build valuable work experience from day one and gain an accredited qualification which is recognised by industry.

It’s worth noting that last year there were 765 Modern Apprenticeship starts in Dumfries and Galloway, up from 753 in 2014/15.

Apprenticeships provide an alternative route into the world of work, equipping young people with the skills they need to succeed. Foundation Apprenticeships mean you can also now start a Modern Apprenticeship at school.   With a Foundation Apprenticeship pupils in S5 can complete elements of a Modern Apprenticeship alongside their other studies, such as Nat5s or Highers.Foundation Apprenticeships take two years to complete with pupils spending part of the week out of school, getting hands-on experience at college and with a local employer in their chosen industry.

With a Foundation Apprenticeship they leave school with an industry-recognised qualification which is set at SCQF level 6 – the same level as a Higher.

And now Graduate Level Apprenticeships provide a new way into degree-level study for individuals who are currently employed, or who want to go straight into work.

Visit apprenticeships.scot  to find out all you need to know about apprenticeships and to search and apply for vacancies.