More than 182 pupils, representing schools across seven local authorities including the partnership of Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire, were recognised at a special celebration event to mark the completion of their Foundation Apprenticeships.
The talented youngsters chose to take a one or two-year Foundation Apprenticeship as a school subject alongside their Highers or Nationals to gain an industry recognised work-based learning qualification.
Developed by Skills Development Scotland, Foundation Apprenticeships offer pupils vocational and personal development skills learning at college and a hands-on work experience with an employer leading to a qualification at the same level of learning as a Higher.
The celebration event, which took place in Glasgow City Chambers, was organised by Glasgow Regional Consortium, which represents the three local authorities; Glasgow City, East Dunbartonshire, and East Renfrewshire councils and all three colleges in Glasgow; Glasgow Kelvin College, Glasgow Clyde College and City of Glasgow College.
The school pupils gained industry-recognised qualifications across all skills frameworks involved in the Foundation Apprenticeship programme which includes the STEM subjects, ICT, Business, Creative Industries and Healthcare sectors. The programme forms part of their senior phase subject choices and allows them to attend college whilst still attending school.
Employers of all sizes based in the area, such as McTaggarts, Scottish Enterprise, Dell, DF Concerts and NHS, offer Foundation Apprentices the chance to gain valuable work experience and skills within their company as an integral part of gaining their Foundation Apprenticeship qualification.