Modern Apprenticeship success for school pupil

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A young IT whizz who started a school-college programme with New College Lanarkshire in S5 has secured a Modern Apprenticeship in IT and Telecoms with a leading financial technology agency.

Adam Clacher, 17, a former Bellshill Academy pupil, enrolled on the Foundation Apprenticeship in IT: Software Development at the College’s Coatbridge Campus in 2018 and has now been successful in gaining a Modern Apprenticeship with Asura Financial.

Foundation Apprenticeships provide senior-phase school pupils the opportunity to learn a specialist subject at level equivalent to SQA Higher (SCQF Level 6) through the College while still at school – including completing a work placement and spending time studying in the College.

The Foundation Apprenticeship is made up of units also contained in the Modern Apprenticeship in IT and Telecoms which gave Adam a head start in the selection process.

The Modern Apprenticeship will allow Adam to continue his studies on day release while working with the company – earning a wage at the same time. 

He said:"The Foundation Apprenticeship was extremely helpful to then get me to the point I'm at now.

“It has helped fast-track me to achieve a Modern Apprenticeship as well as a HNC, as I earned more credit points than someone without a FA would start off with, and it is probably one of the main reasons I managed to get the Modern Apprenticeship in the first place!

“Both Alan and Gary were excellent, very helpful and down to earth people with a great way of teaching – which was especially valuable as I hadn't taken a computing related subject before the Foundation Apprenticeship.

“I would recommend a Foundation Apprenticeship to anyone as it is an excellent attribute to have and is so valuable when you begin to apply for a job.”

Alan McGregor, Lecturer at the College, said: “Adam arrived on the Foundation Apprenticeship course last year having never done any formal Computing at school, and immediately impressed me with his mature attitude and enthusiasm at learning to code. 

“It comes as no surprise to learn that he has been successful in his application for a Modern Apprenticeship, and I know that he will have continued success.”

Matthew Smith, Head of Faculty for Computing and Creative Industries, said: “I am delighted for Adam and wish him well in his future career. 

“This is a very good example of what Foundation Apprenticeships are about – developing the right skills for the future that are invaluable to employers. Obviously Alan and Gary inspired Adam too and the whole experience has been a great success.”

New College Lanarkshire offers a number of apprenticeship opportunities. For more information, visit: https://www.nclanarkshire.ac.uk/courses/apprenticeships-courses

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