Rebecca McClymont - Foundation Apprenticeship case study

Wednesday, 22nd November 2017

Alness Academy pupil Rebecca McClymont was working on the timetable for her next school year when she heard about Foundation Apprenticeships.

The 17-year-old admits she was “instantly hooked” on how the mix of school, college and real work experience would lead to a qualification.

Rebecca said: “My guidance teacher told us about Foundation Apprenticeships and that there was one in civil engineering. I come from a family who work in construction related jobs and I always knew this was the type of work I wanted to do.

“It meant time at college and there was a qualification at the end of it. I thought it was a really good way to get a head start and get hands-on experience.”

 She is now halfway through her two-year apprenticeship and is enjoying the different ways she is learning, including her work experience at Alness civil engineering company Pat Munro.

“I think doing the college course prepares you and the work experience is the best part for me. Learning the theory is important, but it is the practical experience that I have enjoyed most. I find that it is a really good way to learn for me,” said Rebecca.

She added: “When you know what it is you want to do you can get a head start with the Foundation Apprenticeship. It is worth putting in the effort because at the end of it you have got the basics, the experience and a qualification.”

Rebecca will complete her sixth year and her Foundation Apprenticeship at the same time next summer. “It is going to be a big end to the school year,” she said.

Pat Munro’s HR Coordinator Kerry Brown said: “Rebecca was very enthusiastic and inquisitive during her time with us. She completed all of the tasks she was set during her placement and, in some cases, produced work of a quality expected from a person who has had more experience of civil engineering.

“Rebecca met several of our managers and they all commented on the meaningful questions and discussions they had during the time spent with Rebecca.”

Kerry said the company’s vision is “building for the next generation” and it cannot do it without employing apprentices, including Foundation Apprentices.

She said: “We believe that by giving Foundation Apprentices the opportunity of work experience, it will open their eyes to the wide range of job roles our company and the industry can offer.

Foundation Apprenticeships give young people the chance to experience the working world but it also gives us, as employers, the opportunity to identify potential future employees.”

Kerry added: “We all have a responsibility to train and upskill. With our experienced colleagues, we have the skills and expertise to pass on and inspire new apprentices in their chosen career path. Increasing a more diverse workforce will help prevent a skills shortage and help our industry continue to grow.”