A group of college students from Glasgow are being offered 12-week ICT apprenticeship placements to gain experience working in a real business environment.
Placements are being provided by digital care software provider Servelec, which is supporting the cohort of nine Foundation Apprenticeship students from the City of Glasgow and Glasgow Clyde Colleges.
The group, who are studying the ICT Software Foundation Apprenticeship developed by Skills Development Scotland, will work with Servelec one day a week for 12 weeks. They will be part of the Servelec Digital Academy – an in-house software developer training programme.
Foundation Apprenticeships such as these at SCQF Level 6 provide pupils with industry insight and experience to gain a qualification at the same level as a Scottish Higher. Knowledge gained is supported through a series of practical activities including industry projects or work placements.
Commenting on the programme, Damian De Luca, Servelec Digital Academy lead, said: “As a technology business that cares about doing the right thing, we’re really pleased to give these students this chance to gain some hands-on experience of what it’s like to work in a software business.
“We’ve got all the tools in place through our existing academy set up to help train these young people remotely in sought-after digital skills, whilst also providing a positive first experience of the work environment in these unusual times.
“It’s a pleasure to have them on board and we’re proud to be part of their learning journey.”
Glasgow Kelvin College manages the Foundation Apprenticeship programme on behalf of the Glasgow Regional Colleges and, through this consortium, offers 13 Foundation Apprenticeship subjects at SCQF Level 6 to senior phase pupils from schools across the region.
The impact of Covid has created a challenging environment for businesses, with multiple lockdowns leading to a reduction of onsite apprenticeship positions available.
Skills Development Scotland, working with the SQA, says it has enhanced the framework so that students can still gain the apprenticeship award through online placements, despite these challenges.
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Tony Minchella, Partnership and Delivery Manager at Skills Development Scotland, said: “Foundation Apprenticeships are a work-based learning opportunity for senior phase secondary pupils and are part of our drive to support young people in Scotland – helping to build the skills they’ll need to be successful when they leave school.
“By closing the gap between the classroom and the workplace, it gives them a chance to get a head start on their careers, which in these times is more important than ever.
“We’re delighted to have Servelec on board, particularly as digital skills are going to be in such high demand for the next generation workforce.”