Tiegan DuffModern Apprentice, Engineering
Falkirk school pupil Jack studied for a Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services Children and Young People. It gave him the chance to get valuable work placement experience with an employer, and gain a qualification which is the same level as Higher.
Jack picked the Foundation Apprenticeship as one of his subjects in S5, which meant he could continue with his studies whilst gaining real experience in a childcare career.
Alongside his college coursework, Jack did a work placement at a local nursery in Denny every second week.
He enjoyed it because he was treated like a regular employee and given the same tasks and responsibilities.
It’s helped him to develop his social and writing skills, and given him a clearer idea of what he wants to do with his future.
“As men we shouldn’t be afraid to break the gender stereotype. It’s definitely given me a clearer path, and I know want to go on to do something with childcare.”
Jack's confidence has grown, and the Foundation Apprenticeship is opening his eyes to the different paths his career could follow within the childcare sector.
Jack said: "There are lots of options after I finish the Foundation Apprenticeship. I can go straight into working in a nursery, I can do a Modern Apprenticeship, I can continue to get a degree. I’m thinking about social work or maybe going into teaching, but I still have time to decide."