This Foundation Apprenticeship gives pupils skills to prepare for a science-based career.
There's a growing demand for people with STEM skills. You can support them to choose a career in this thriving sector and help develop medicines and biotechnology. A Foundation Apprenticeship is a great way into the industry.
Successful candidates will achieve a Foundation Apprenticeship in Scientific Technologies. This is the same level of learning as an SQA Higher, which is SCQF Level 6.
Example of course units include:
NPA - Laboratory safety - Mathematics for science
Diploma - Prepare compounds and solutions for scientific or technical use - Carry out simple scientific or technical tests using manual equipment
The qualification includes:
a National Progression Award (NPA) in Applied Sciences at SCQF Level 6
core units of an SVQ in Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities (Industrial Science) at SCQF Level 6
a work placement
Pupils don't need formal qualifications for entry but should have:
good written and spoken English
an interest in working within a scientific technology environment
The pupil would select a Foundation Apprenticeship as a school subject choice. Then they'd go through a recruitment process arranged by the college, or other learning provider. It's great if you can get involved, too.
Progression and development
Pupils will get the skills, knowledge and competence to help them move on to:
a Modern Apprenticeship
more vocational training
further study at school or college
These will help them to prepare for working in science-based jobs.
If you're looking to hire, Foundation Apprenticeships help you spot talented pupils. You can assess their skills on a longer term than a regular interview process would allow.
How does it work?
In S5 pupils spend up to 10 days learning about the science industries. The learning provider facilitates this, in collaboration with the employer.
In S6, each pupil must complete a work placement of about 1 day a week. That helps them build the evidence needed to complete the units from the SVQ.
Placements must be with science employers and not a simulated placement such as a school or college laboratory.
Cost and funding
There’s no financial cost to you as an employer because the learner is still at school. But investing your time can bring rewards, with access to talented young people in your workplace.
How long will it take?
It can take 1 year or 2 years. Pupils study a Level 6 Foundation Apprenticeship as one of their school subjects, usually over S5 and/or S6.
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