Chance for pupils to start apprenticeships in the classroom

Pupils in Dundee and Angus still have the chance to start apprenticeships while still at school.
Pupils in Dundee and Angus still have the chance to start apprenticeships while still at school.

Pupils in Dundee and Angus still have the chance to start new apprenticeships while still at school.

Youngsters who think this might be an option for them are being encouraged to speak to their guidance teacher as soon as possible.

Foundation Apprenticeships are a two-year, industry-recognised qualification taken alongside their other subjects.

They allow pupils to spend time at college and with a local employer in their chosen industry.

Supported by Skills Development Scotland (SDS), Dundee and Angus College is working with schools and employers across the region to offer Foundation Apprenticeships in software development, financial services, healthcare and childcare.

Dundee and Angus College already has experience in delivering Foundation Apprenticeships and is aiming to increase the number of pupils taking part and subjects on offer.

Head of Foundation Apprenticeships at SDS, Diane Greenlees said: “Getting your exam results in the mail is a nervous time for pupils and parents, but it’s also an opportunity for pupils going into S5 to think about their subject choices for the next year.

“Taken alongside other school subjects a Foundation Apprenticeship is a really valuable option for young people who want to get a head-start in their career, and can also help pupils who want to go on to college or university to stand out.

“Whether you did better than expected or didn’t quite get the results you had hoped for, there’s still time to apply for a Foundation Apprenticeship.

“Any S5 pupils considering this option should speak to their guidance teacher or their SDS schools careers adviser as soon as possible to find out whether their school is participating and whether this would be a good option for them.”

Principal of Dundee and Angus College, Grant Ritchie said: “D&A College is reaching out to local secondary schools, pupils and parents to ensure that the Foundation Apprenticeship option is on offer to all senior pupils.

“Industry leaders such as chartered accountants Henderson Loggie, Dand Carnegie and EQ have already signed up to work with D&A College to help deliver the programme in financial services while in software development, the college can offer the chance to work with web design and app development company, Zudu, and LOGICnow, who brand themselves as the world’s leading IT service platform.”

Caitlin Ritchie, who was one of the first pupils to complete a Foundation Apprenticeship said: “A Foundation Apprenticeship gives you a taste of what the real world is like before you leave school. It also gives you a break from the school routine and I feel it’s given me extra motivation to do well.

She added: “My advice to other pupils would be – definitely try it. It’s a brilliant experience and will help you with school and your future career.”

A list of all Foundation Apprenticeships available in 2016 is available at