FOUNDATION APPRENTICESHIPS

What is a Foundation Apprenticeship?

A Foundation Apprenticeship can help young people gain valuable, real-world work experience and access work-based learning while they're still at school, closing the gap between the classroom and the workplace.

By giving young people earlier exposure to the world of work, we're helping them to develop the skills, experience and knowledge they'll need when they leave school. For young people it's the chance to get a head start on their careers by gaining an industry-recognised qualification, work on real projects and broaden their career options.

And for employers, it's the chance to attract highly motivated, committed young people who are willing to learn, identify young people who are right for their business and ensure their organisation has people with the skills they need.

Learning in the Workplace

Foundation Apprenticeships are a work-based learning opportunity for pupils starting S5 in August. Young people spend time out of school at college or with a local employer, and complete the Foundation Apprenticeship alongside other subjects like National 5s and Highers.

The qualification takes two years to complete and is linked to one of six key sectors of the Scottish economy, so young people are getting industry experience which will help them kick-start a successful career in their chosen field.

Diane Greenlees, Head of Foundation and Graduate Level Apprenticeships at Skills Development Scotland, said "Foundation Apprenticeships open up young people's options when they leave school so whether they want to continue on to a Modern or Graduate Level Apprenticeship, apply to college or university or go straight into a job, they have the skills and experience that employers want."

As well as Financial Services, Foundation Apprenticeships in Engineering, IT, Healthcare, Children and Young People, Business Skills, Creative Digital Media and Laboratory Skills are planned to be offered across Glasgow from the city's three colleges - Glasgow Kelvin College, City of Glasgow College and Glasgow Clyde College.

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Foundation Apprenticeship in Financial Services

The Foundation Apprenticeship in Financial Services aims to give pupils in S5 and S6 the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge to work towards entering a career in financial services.

Scotland is recognised internationally as the most important UK financial centre outside London,  with a breadth of services including global custody, asset servicing, banking, investment management, corporate finance, general / life assurance and pensions.

Financial services careers are challenging and rewarding. The financial services industry has a long history of attracting energetic, ambitious people looking for the best career opportunities. Compared to other industries, financial services firms tend to place less weight on seniority in judging the readiness of employees for advancement. High performers can move ahead regardless of age, making this industry particularly attractive for ambitious young people and the compensation structures tend to be more generous than other industries.

The Foundation Apprenticeship (FA) in Financial Services is for pupils in S5 and S6. Pupils complete the National Progression Award (NPA) at SCQF level 6 in Financial Services and complete the 3 Mandatory Units of the SVQ 3 Providing Financial Services. The Award provides knowledge and an introduction to the skills that will help pupils to complete the SVQ units. These two parts, along with the associated work placement, form the Foundation Apprenticeship in Financial Services.

The Foundation Apprenticeship will be certificated by SQA.  On successful completion of the components of the Foundation Apprenticeship, learners will achieve a Joint Qualification Certificate for the Foundation Apprenticeship in Financial Services (GL53 46). They will also receive certification for each of the component parts (NPA and SVQ Units).

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Foundation Apprenticeship in Business Skills

The Foundation Apprenticeship in Business Skills is designed to provide S5 and S6 pupils with opportunities to develop skills and knowledge for entry into a career in the business sector. It also contributes directly to achievement of the Modern Apprenticeship in Business & Administration through attainment of core units of the MA qualification.

Administration, management and leadership are key, complementary business skills and modern businesses need to ensure all three are adequately included in the management team. Leadership is concerned with the big picture of future strategy while management deals more with short-term objectives, making best use of resources etc. Administration provides vital insight into what is going on in the 'here and now' and the recent past.

Business administrators and budding managers have a highly transferable set of knowledge, skills and behaviours that can be applied in all sectors. This includes small and large businesses from the public, private and charitable sectors. The role may involve working independently or as part of a team, developing, implementing, maintaining and improving administrative services. The role may require the administrator to take a management or leadership role on behalf of the organisation or department from time to time. Business administrators will advance key skills and behaviours to support their progression towards management positions.

The first year (S5) of the Foundation Apprenticeship will feature the National Progression Award, plus the new unit 'Contemporary Business Issues'. The second year (S6) will be delivered mainly in the workplace. In addition, the Foundation Apprentices will complete the SCQF level 6 Work Placement unit.

The Foundation Apprenticeship will be certificated by SQA.  On successful completion of the components of the Foundation Apprenticeship, learners will achieve a Joint Qualification Certificate for the Foundation Apprenticeship in Business Skills (GL8H 46). They will also receive certification for each of the component parts below (NPA and SVQ Units).

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