Foundation Apprenticeships are a great way to explore career options before committing to full-time studies in a specific subject area. They are also a great opportunity to network with employers, build skills and explore an environment not offered in schools.

West College Scotland offers nine Foundation Apprenticeships to schools in the local area, with subjects ranging from Civil Engineering to Social Services to Business Skills. Here, five of our Foundation Apprentices talk about their experience at West College Scotland…

David Hendry, 17, is doing his Foundation Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering at West College Scotland’s Greenock campus. Saying that he has found college to be a great place to learn and study, David praises the dedication and support of the college staff .

All the teachers are nice and very approachable – they are a great support and want you to achieve your goals.

Emily Ritchie, 17, is doing her Foundation Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering at West College Scotland’s Paisley campus. Having always been interested in a career in Civil Engineering, Emily feels that studying at West College Scotland has given her a clearer understanding of life as a Civil Engineer, and is relishing in the opportunity to take one step closer to her chosen career .

I didn’t expect my course to be as enjoyable as it is, and it has been good to experience a new learning environment.

Jack McEvoy, 17, is doing his Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services, Children and Young People at West College Scotland’s Clydebank campus. Jack has known from a young age that he wanted to become a social worker, and has based his subject choices around this. Describing his placement as being his favourite part of his studies, Jack praises Foundation Apprenticeships for allowing youngsters to explore their career decisions while still at school. While he is one of the few who has a clear idea of his career path, Jack also says that Foundation Apprenticeships cater for all :

You don’t need to know exactly what you want to do because this can lead you into different careers.

Shane McHaffie, 17, is doing his Foundation Apprenticeship in IT Software Development at West College Scotland’s Greenock campus. Citing work experience as his favourite part of the course, Shane has been impressed by West College Scotland and the doors it has opened for him already. Shane states that he would highly recommend West College Scotland to others, particularly those who are interested in studying IT .

I would recommend West College Scotland because the lecturers are amazing and IT Software Development is a great qualification to have.

Zoe Valentine, 17, is also doing her Foundation Apprenticeship in IT Software Development at West College Scotland’s Clydebank campus. Gaining work experience within the industry was a big attraction for Zoe, and she says of the experience :

I am really enjoying being in the workplace. It’s a great experience – very educational and it will really benefit my CV.

It is clear to see that all five students are enjoying their time at college, as well as the opportunities that have arisen since taking on a Foundation Apprenticeship. We wish them all the best of luck with their Foundation Apprenticeships, which will undoubtedly open up doors to college, university, modern apprenticeships or employment on completion of their studies.

In order to find out more about our Foundation Apprenticeships, including information on how to apply, click here.