Lewis McClure (17) from Greenock chose a Modern Apprenticeship over university degree courses and is loving life at Forth Valley College.
He said: “I am a young person who has always enjoyed technical subjects at school. I started to seriously consider my career options during fifth year and investigate different opportunities and the different paths I could consider. I spoke to family members and different guidance staff and teachers in school.
“From here I decided that I would look at university options, but I also knew someone who works with Scottish Power Energy Networks and through speaking to them I thought I would try applying for the Craft Apprenticeship programme as this sounded like a hands on way of learning. I also knew apprentices that were doing this apprenticeship programme recommended it. It also linked closely to the subjects I had studied in school like physics, maths, engineering science and design and manufacture.
“My plan was that if I was not successful with the apprenticeship application I would remain at school for sixth year. I had already applied for university and had conditional offers based on my fifth year subjects, these offers were for Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Electronic Engineering Degrees.
“As results came out my conditional offers were confirmed, but at the same time I was also offered the apprenticeship programme with Scottish Power Energy Networks. As I have a brother at university, I already had a good idea from speaking to him what was involved in university study. I decided that I was a person who was more suited to practical learning as well as academic study and that the Modern Apprenticeship route was more suited to me and the way I liked to learn.
“I would recommend to new students - don’t set your sights on only one thing, keep all doors open, study subjects you enjoy, always speak to others about what your options are, put in the hard work as you will get out what you put in, research what your career options can be whatever route you take and consider Modern Apprenticeships as they allow you to earn as you learn.”