Shane Smith (18) has hailed Forth Valley College’s Pre Apprenticeship course for leading him on to a full engineering modern apprenticeship.
The Polmont teenager credits the year-long full-time course as the main factor in him securing the job with Dunfermline based TechnipFMC.
He said: “The course was really beneficial to me in my career and enjoyable throughout the year. It was great meeting new people and practicing skills I had been hoping to acquire for most of my school days.
“It has helped me a lot in my career as I now have an apprenticeship with TechnipFMC who are a global leading production company for oil and gas projects, technologies and systems. Also the course has helped me progress my skills on working with tools, which has made it easier for me to come into TechnipFMC.
“The facilities at the college’s engineering department are good as they bring in things that you can train on that you might see in your workplace, like motors for example. Also the lecturers are very helpful throughout the year and if you have any questions, they are usually able to answer.
“Lorraine and Lorna our mentors communicated well with our lecturers to see how you are doing to make sure you are always up to date with your work. They also make sure you are applying for as many apprenticeships as you can and to make sure you are studying for your aptitude tests, so they can improve your interview skills.
“I would recommend this course as it is just a year’s course, so after completing it, you have a good chance of getting an apprenticeship which can potentially set you up for life with your company.
“My advice to new students would be to make friends with the people in your class, as this makes it easier to ask anything you get stuck with throughout the year.”