Information about Foundation Apprenticeships
What is a Foundation Apprenticeship?
Foundation Apprenticeships are a partnership between education and employers. They work together to give young people the opportunity to gain real life work experience, skills and qualifications that will help them with their career and further study choices.
Foundation Apprenticeships give young people the chance to try working while they’re still at school. They give young people the chance to get a head start on their careers, gain an industry-recognised qualification, work on real projects and broaden their career options for when they’re ready to take their next steps.
When can pupils do a Foundation Apprenticeship?
Foundation Apprenticeships are available to pupils in 5th year. They take two years to complete and can be taken with other subject choices for National 4s and 5s and Highers. During this time, pupils spend part of the week at college and get hands-on experience with an employer.
What subjects are covered in a Foundation Apprenticeship?
Foundation Apprenticeships are available in subjects not usually available in most schools and they offer an industry-recognised qualification. They are equivalent to SCQF level 6, the same level of learning as a Higher. Some qualifications have the same number of UCAS points as two or three Highers. Universities are building the FA qualification into their entry criteria.
Why are Foundation Apprenticeships important?
A Foundation Apprenticeship is a great way for young people to experience a potential career before leaving school. It gives your child the chance to:
- Gain knowledge, skills and hands-on work experience at college and with a local employer
- Apply for accelerated entry to a Modern Apprenticeship or entry onto a Graduate Level Apprenticeship
- Make progress to HNC / HND level and further if they wish
- Enhance their CVs
- Improve their applications and personal statement for college or university
- Make employer contacts and improve their job prospects
Foundation Apprenticeships are a particularly good option for young people who would prefer other chances to learn than just through academic study. They can lead to many different career paths including employment, a Modern Apprenticeship, a Graduate apprenticeship, or college or university.