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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 placement.

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 website

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