Welcome to the new look Developing the Young Workforce Dundee and Angus newsletter. During these difficult times it is more important than ever that we help young people prepare for the world of work, and make sure they have a clear idea of what they want to do when they leave education. Employers play a vital part in this, by working with schools and colleges to give inspiration and encouragement. This monthly newsletter will keep you up to date with any opportunities for you to get involved, along with some good news stories from the area. If you think you can help in any way, please contact us for a chat - email us at email@example.com or give us a call on 01382 443409.
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Our annual #NoWrongPath campaign takes place on exam results day, to reassure young people that they have lots of options and pathways to get to the career of their choice. On Tuesday 4 August we want to fill social media with photographs and videos of people from all backgrounds, showing how they got to where they are now, and we need your help! To find out how you can support this, visit - www.dywda.co.uk.
Foundation Apprenticeships (FAs) are work-based learning opportunities for senior-phase secondary school pupils. Usually lasting two years, pupils typically begin their FA in S5. Young people spend time out of school at college and with local employers to complete the Foundation Apprenticeship alongside their other subjects like National 5s and Highers. On completion, the young person gains a qualification equivalent to a Higher.
Offering a work placement for a Foundation Apprentice can offer benefits to businesses:
succession planning in response to an ageing workforce.
filling a skills gaps.
opportunity to engage in new technologies such as social media.
reduce recruitment costs - many FAs go on to a Modern or Graduate Apprenticeship with their placement employer.
The placement usually takes place in the second year of the FA and is for one day, or two afternoons a week.
As the young person is still at school there are no associated salary costs, plus Skills Development Scotland pays for all training costs.
Foundation Apprenticeships have been developed with industry to meet real training needs and to fit with economic demand. They create strong links between education and employers to help reduce youth unemployment.
Dundee and Angus College offer 11 Foundation Apprenticeships,and we are now seeking placements for students in frameworks including Business, Accounting, Creative & Digital, Software and Network Development.
If you would like more information about FAs or put in contact with any of the course leads at the college, please get in touch!
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