Last week was Scottish Apprenticeship Week and an ideal opportunity to celebrate the many success stories where a Foundation Apprenticeship has provided the seeds of a promising career for Glasgow’s young people while they’re still on the school roll.
Chief among these trailblazing examples is Robert McLauglin of Netherlee. While a pupil at Glasgow’s Williamwood High School, Robert undertook a Foundation Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering at Glasgow Kelvin College in 2019.
Part of his programme involved a work-placement with a local business and Robert was fortunate enough to gain his on-site experience with BAM Construction.
After completing his FA he had impressed the company so much that he was offered and accepted a trainee construction manager’s job with BAM Construction. Robert was also Awarded East Renfrewshire Council Foundation Apprentice of the Year which was great recognition of his hard work.
“I loved my Foundation Apprenticeship course at Kelvin. It gave me the chance to gain experience at both college and in the working environment while I was still at school. It was a brilliant experience and I will always be thankful to the FA team and the college staff who helped me while I was at the college.
The amazing experience I had at BAM too, where all the staff made me feel like part of the team and I was delighted to be offered the chance of employment with a great company.”
Jim Ward, Construction Director at BAM Construction said;
“Robert’s work ethic, commitment to learn and attitude impressed everyone here at BAM and we were delighted to offer him the opportunity“.
The Glasgow Foundation Apprenticeship programme is managed through Glasgow Kelvin College and funded by Skills Development Scotland with the support of the Glasgow Regional Colleges Board (GCRB) and the other two Glasgow colleges, Glasgow Clyde and City of Glasgow.
Chosen as subjects in S5 or S6, Foundation Apprenticeships at SCQF Level 6 provide school pupils with industry insight and experience of the world of work to gain a qualification at the same level as a Scottish Higher. Delivered by learning providers in partnership with employers, knowledge gained is supported through a series of practical activities including industry projects or work placements undertaken virtually and in person. There are 12 types of Foundation Apprenticeship to choose from and they typically take two years to complete, but some can be completed in one year.
It is a chance for young people to gain valuable work experience and achieve an industry recognised qualification. It also lets them try out a career they are interested in while they're still at school.
Alan Shields, Foundation Apprenticeship Employer Engagement Lead, said:
“Through his hard work and determination Robert has deservedly been given a fantastic opportunity to begin what I am sure will be a very successful career in the Construction Industry. Everyone involved in delivering the FA programme here at Glasgow Kelvin is grateful to BAM for their continued support.”
For more information on the Glasgow Foundation Apprenticeship, and to apply visit: http://www.fapglasgow.scot/