FVC FA is shortlisted for national award

Logan (second left)

FVC FA is shortlisted for national award

A Forth Valley College Foundation Apprentice has been shortlisted for a national award.

Former Stirling High School pupil Logan Cameron has been shortlisted in Skills Development Scotland’s (SDS) Scottish Apprenticeships Awards 2018 in the Foundation Apprentice (FA)  of the Year category.

Logan – who in March completed his FA placement at the Prudential in Stirling, where he has been offered a full Modern Apprenticeship beginning in October, will attend a special awards night celebration at the Perth Concert Hall on Thursday 15 November to find out if he has won.

Ernie Romer, FVC’s Schools Coordinator, said: “We are all very proud of Logan and are not surprised with this excellent recognition of all the hard work he has put into his Foundation Apprenticeship. He will be a great inspiration to future FAs.”

Logan is pictured here (second left) in March with fellow FAs Nanayakkara Gunasinghe (Dunblane High), Joely Reid and Olivia Urquhart (Both Larbert High) who also completed the placement element at Prudential where they attended one day a week since September 2017.

The event was a celebration of the achievements of the first cohort of students from Stirling and Falkirk schools who have achieved the Foundation Apprenticeship in Financial Services through Forth Valley College.

Forth Valley College’s range of Foundation Apprenticeships which will offer S5 pupils from local schools the opportunity to complete elements of a Modern Apprenticeship (MA) while still at school, gaining the skills and experience that employers need.

These innovative programmes, being offered in partnership with Falkirk, Stirling and Clackmannanshire schools, will link senior school pupils with local employers and aims to help them to build their future careers. Upon completion of a Foundation Apprenticeship pupils can progress onto a Modern Apprenticeship, college study or a university degree.

In academic year 2018-2019, Foundation Apprenticeships will be available in Social Services and Healthcare; Social Services Children and Young People; Business Skills; IT Hardware System Support ; Engineering; Accountancy; Civil Engineering; Creative and Digital Media; Food and Drink Operations; and Scientific Technologies (Laboratory Skills). All are due to start in August 2018 and applications will go live for the FA courses in January 2018.

Foundation Apprenticeships have been developed by SDS in partnership with employers, colleges and Sector Skills Councils to create stronger links between education and industry.

They combine academic learning with hands-on skills to develop the knowledge, skills and work experience that will help to broaden options for students, enabling them to go on to complete a Modern Apprenticeship, attend college or university or go directly into employment. 

The innovative frameworks, which are at the same level as Higher qualifications, are based on the success of existing MA qualifications. Pupils will embark on the programmes in S5 with the duration varying depending on the subject area. Pupils will spend time undertaking learning at college and also benefit from high quality work experience with local employers.

For more information on Foundation Apprenticeships at FVC and the application process, please contact schools.co-ordinator@forthvalley.ac.uk , call 01324 403211 or visit www.forthvalley.ac.uk/FA

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