Heather Wilson believes she can set sail on a Royal Navy Career thanks to her Foundation Apprenticeship. The 17-year-old has attended the Greenock Sea Cadets for six years and would love to take this one step further by becoming a Royal Navy Engineer.
An Engineering Foundation Apprenticeship has been the perfect “taster” for the St Columbus High School pupil. Gourock-based Heather has experienced all aspects of engineering thanks to the valuable combination of school, college and work-based learning.
“I knew I wanted to do engineering, but I didn’t know which part I was best at. The variety was useful for me.The Foundation Apprenticeship is a great way to gain experience before I join the Navy. I learn better by doing something practical, so this has been an ideal preparation.”
The West College Scotland student is a perfect fit for a life at sea having previously been named as top sea cadet in the Clyde South area. She also enjoys Sailing and playing for a Greenock pipe band.
CalMac Learning Partner – Development Caroline Barry is passionate about developing the future workforce and believes Foundation Apprenticeships are the best way to nurture young talent.
“CalMac believe in developing the young workforce throughout the communities we serve. Heather is our second Engineering Foundation Apprentice. It’s not easy to choose a career, but a Foundation Apprenticeship gives young people an opportunity to make an informed decision about their future.”
West College Scotland Schools Relationship Manager Sharron Rodger said: “Heather is doing well in her placement with Cal Mac – she even sourced it herself by approaching them and explaining the FA programme.”
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