ADDITIONAL ALLOCATION FOR FOUNDATION APPRENTICESHIPS
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, has made additional allocation, within the Foundation Apprenticeship Programme, to meet the changing demand COVID-19, has brought within Education.
Foundation Apprenticeships provide appropriate underpinning knowledge, which will enable young people to progress, to modern and graduate apprenticeship programme, giving employment opportunities, within the local economy and nationally.
Additional spaces have been made available, on seven Foundation Apprenticeships. The apprenticeships are available to pupils entering S4 and S5 in 2020 - in Castlebay School, Sgoil Lionacleit, Sir E Scott School and The Nicolson Institute.
Opportunities are available in Foundation Business Skills, Creative & Digital Media, Engineering, Food and Drink Technologies, Social Services, HealthCare and Gaelic
Cllr Angus McCormack, Chairman of Education, Skills and Children’s Services commented “
For each of the past five years, young people have left Western Isles schools, with SQA vocational qualifications at SCQF5. This is three times the national average. Foundation Apprenticeships are closing the gap, between the classroom and the workplace, with pupils realising the benefits of work-based learning. The apprenticeships also provide a new and innovative career pathway, which encourages more young people to stay on the islands, with the offer of a job closer to home.