Jack Dougan (17) a pupil at St Modan’s High School in Stirling is studying for a Children and Young People Foundation Apprenticeship (FA) at Forth Valley College’s Stirling Campus.
Jack, who attends the college one day a week and also takes part in a work placement during his FA, said: “I heard about the Foundation Apprenticeships through doing the School/College Opportunities to Succeed (SCOTS) programme when I was in fourth year. Ernie Romer, FVC’s School Partnership Coordinator, came and told me that the Children and Young People FA would be a great opportunity for me if I wanted a career in childcare.
“I have a real motivation to help young kids so they can have a great experience in the future and I believe doing the FA will help me to do this.
“I have just started my placement at Denny Nursery and it is the best bit for me so far. At the college Barbara Johnstone my lecturer is amazing and being here works better for me than being at school.
“I hope that gaining my FA will lead me to doing an HNC in Childcare here at Forth Valley College and then from there I want to go on to university to become fully qualified with a degree. I feel that if I do not do it this way then university would not be an option for me, but the FA route is very worthwhile for me in that regard.
“I would definitely recommend the FA programme and I would advise all senior school pupils in Forth Valley to look at it and see what it has to offer.”