Fraser Wallace – Foundation Apprenticeship case study

Wednesday, 22nd November 2017

An Irvine teenager went to the Skills Development Scotland careers adviser at his school to get some help with writing his CV and became a Foundation Apprentice.

Greenwood Academy pupil Fraser Wallace has enjoyed the experience of learning at school and Ayrshire College while getting hands-on experience with aircraft engine overhaul and repair company GE Caledonian.

Fraser said: “It has been a great way to make the transition from school to the workplace. It has helped me decide that this is what I want to do.

“After I heard about the Foundation Apprenticeships, I read up about them and I thought it was a good opportunity to find out if what you think you want to do is actually what you want to do, once you have experienced it.

“I am learning so much on the practical side and even more from the people I am working with. Every person is happy to share what they know with me.”

GE Caledonian’s Apprentice Leader Stephen McNab said Fraser has made a very positive impression on everyone he has worked with at the Prestwick company.

The business, which has 16 apprentices at different stages of their training at the moment, is very keen to support Foundation Apprenticeships.

Stephen feels it gives young people a vehicle to take them from a school environment to the workplace, while gaining vital skills.

“It is also about Foundation Apprenticeships giving us a solid talent pipeline a year in advance. We get an idea of peoples’ potential a year earlier and, without a doubt, it helps us find the right people,” Stephen explained.

The former apprentice, who has been an engineer for 36 years, said an ideal apprentice is someone who demonstrates loyalty, is a team player and who has a passion for what they do.

Ayrshire College’s Head of Engineering and Science Alastair Heron said: “Ayrshire College works closely with local employers to provide interesting and relevant learning opportunities for the Foundation Apprentices. This course has had a successful first year, with significant engagement with local employers. Many offered site visits, industry talks and work placements for the pupils.

“Fraser is extremely hard working and passionate about the engineering industry, which is demonstrated in his course work and this has resulted in a successful application to GE Caledonian’s Modern Apprenticeship programme. He is an excellent example of a pupil who has benefited from a Foundation Apprenticeship.”