Care & Science Foundation Apprenticeships increase by 343% at NCL


Foundation Apprenticeship delivery within Care and Science at New College Lanarkshire has increased by 343% this year – helping more young people interested and qualified for a job in the industry.

The Faculty of Care and Science has been delivering Foundation Apprenticeship programmes in Social Services, Children and Young People, offering a first step into a career in Early Learning and Childcare or Social Care.

In the current academic year, the Faculty has expanded this to include FA programmes in Social Services & Health Care as well as Scientific Technologies – resulting in the 343% increase from 2018/19.

Working closely with North and South Lanarkshire Councils, the Faculty have been evaluating and building the FA offering to cater to the needs of senior school pupils and provide the best learning experience.

The College also has close partnership with local schools, ensuring pupils, their parents and teachers understand the benefits of Foundation Apprenticeships and the progression path they offer – putting successful candidates at the forefront of developments in the industry.

Clare Flynn, Head of Faculty for Care and Science, said: “Our shared commitment with our local authority partners to supporting opportunities for young people in Lanarkshire is one of our top priorities. We are committed to supporting FAs to contribute positively to national and regional agendas, providing alternative routes for young people, supporting the national agendas for; ELC Expansion, Integrated Health & Social Care and STEM, ultimately providing an excellent learning experience.

“The staff teaching on these programmes are vital to its success and are why we were able to secure such a significant increase. They ensure their delivery is innovative, interactive and packed filled with practical experiences whilst underpinning sound theoretical knowledge of the curriculum area. We also work closely with local schools and our reputation for delivery is exemplary.

“We hope to continue on our FA journey with both local authorities and to build on this every year!”

Foundation Apprenticeships are developed by Skills Development Scotland to help pupils in the senior phase at school gain valuable, real-world work experience and access work-based learning while still at school. It is the start of a progression path to Modern and Graduation Apprenticeships, or a stepping stone to University or Further Education. 

Scott Black, FA Coordinator at New College Lanarkshire, said: “The Foundation Apprenticeship offers students a fantastic opportunity to get some valuable work experience whilst earning an additional higher level qualification. 

“The number of young people undertaking a Foundation Apprenticeship has been growing year on year since the programme began three years ago, with a huge rise this year to meet the Scottish Government targets.”

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