At Alloa Academy
Apprentices visit high schools during MA Week 2017
High school pupils in Alloa and Stirling were given a first-hand insight into the Modern Apprenticeship (MA) programme after a visit by a Forth Valley College delegation.
Morag Miller (23) from Airth, a Petroineos third year Chemical Process MA and Deborah Faull (21) from Dunfermline, a fourth year Quality Inspection MA with TechnipFMC and Danielle Abbott, FVC Commercial Trainer (CompEx), visited Alloa Academy and Stirling High School on Friday 10 March as part of the College’s programme of events for MA Week 2017.
Teenage boys and girls from both schools were delighted to hear what engineering apprenticeships have to offer and Morag and Deborah were particularly keen to encourage young women into the industry.
Deborah, said: “It was great to promote a different option to the school pupils rather than the university or college route. I have really enjoyed my MA so it is something I would encourage anyone to go for.”
Morag, added: “The engineering training equipment at Forth Valley College is world class and it is the same things you will be using in the workplace. It was really good to get out and speak to young people and let them know about what a modern apprenticeship entails. They all seemed really interested to what we had to say.”
Gillian Freeland, a Modern Studies teacher at Alloa Academy and the Principal Teacher in Developing the Young Workforce at the school, said: “The aim of events such as these is to promote a range of pathways available to our young people, and highlight the benefits of different routes into the world of work. The value of current apprentices sharing their own experiences and routes into a Modern Apprenticeship enables our young people to see what a typical day might be like, and have the opportunity to receive insight on the specifics of the engineering industry.”