Deputy First Minister backs Foundation Apprenticeships
8 March 2018
Deputy First Minister John Swinney met Foundation Apprentices as
part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week.
The Perthshire pupils are currently studying Foundation
Apprenticeships in subjects including engineering, social services
- children and young people and business skills.
Foundation Apprenticeships are open to pupils in the senior
phase of secondary school, and combine college classes with a work
They usually take two years to complete, and pupils get a
qualification at the same level as a Higher at the end.
The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education
and Skills, John Swinney said: "I am very pleased Perth College is
delivering innovative Foundation Apprenticeships, and helping to
create life changing opportunities.
"Foundation Apprenticeships provide a chance to achieve an
industry recognised qualification to support future career
ambitions, to obtain work experience, and to learn.
"Not only that, but they help to develop a strong workforce and
contribute to business and economic growth.
"I want to wish the Foundation apprentices here all the best in
their future careers and I am confident their experience will help
them make informed choices."
Diane Greenlees, Head of Foundation and Graduate Apprenticeships
at Skills Development Scotland said: "Scottish Apprenticeship Week
is a great opportunity to highlight the benefits of the range of
apprenticeships on offer to young people.
"Foundation Apprenticeships equip young people with the
qualifications, experience and skills that employers want.
"They give young people a head-start to a career in the industry
they want to work in and are also recognised qualifications for
admission to college and university courses across Scotland."
Dr Margaret Cook, Principal and Chief Executive at Perth College
UHI, said, "Through the unique delivery of these courses providing
skills and a qualification, the Foundation Apprenticeship programme
is a fantastic way of providing school pupils with a strong
foundation for a successful career."
Perth College UHI has been offering Foundation Apprenticeships
to pupils across the region for four years, after taking part in
the pilot programme in 2015.
Source - Skills Development Scotland