New apprenticeship programme offers pupils a world of opportunities

More than 800 apprenticeships have been created for pupils in S5 and S6 across North Lanarkshire


The new 'Foundation Apprenticeships' allow pupils to gain an industry-based qualification and work experience while continuing to study other subjects at school.

There are 600 places for pupils going into S5 and 210 places for pupils going into S6. 

Cllr Frank McNally, Convener of Education and Families, said: "This is an excellent opportunity for many of our pupils providing them with hands-on experience of the world of work while remaining at school. It also provides a bridge between school, work and further education."

The council is working in partnership with New College Lanarkshire and the programme will see pupils from 23 secondary schools having access to 12 work-related areas on offer from Skills Development Scotland.

These areas include: social services (children and young people), social services and healthcare, engineering, civil engineering, IT software, IT hardware, creative digital media, accountancy, financial services, food and drink technologies, scientific technologies and business skills.

Cllr McNally added: "Not only will the young people finish school with 'National 5' or 'Highers' but also with a SCQF level six in their chosen foundation apprenticeship area. 

"This will help pupils with college and job applications, or assist in accelerating them onto entry into North Lanarkshire Council's Modern Apprenticeship Programme."

Kenneth McCall, a pupil at Brannock High School, is doing a foundation apprenticeship in health & social care environment. He said: "It's a great experience and a different way of learning.

"It's also a chance to get out of school and learn in a new environment.  The best part is there's no final exam as coursework is completed throughout the year.  Now I am really looking forward to going out on work-placement in August."

Parents and guardians are encouraged to come along to an information event at Motherwell Concert Hall on Tuesday 5 March, 4.15pm to 6.30pm.

To found out more visit: or call the team on 01236 812232.



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