Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, Dean Lockhart, visited Forth Valley College’s Stirling Campus today on a Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2018 fact-finding trip.
He was welcomed on the day by FVC Principal Dr Ken Thomson, Fiona Brown FVC Vice Principal and Dylan White, Regional Partnership & Deliver Manager for Skills Development Scotland (SDS).
Organised by SDS the visit allowed Mr Lockhart to find out more about Foundation Apprenticeships (FA), meet some of the students and tour the facilities.
The visit focussed mainly on the staff and students in the Clinical Skills Suite who were demonstrating using equipment such as hoists, showing off First Aid techniques and working on their SVQ/NPA folders in breakout areas.
Dean Lockhart MSP said:
“It was great to visit Forth Valley College today here in Stirling and see first-hand the fantastic facilities. The innovative approaches to delivering apprenticeships undertaken by the college, are genuinely impressive and will help to transform the perception of apprenticeships as a way into the workplace.
“Apprenticeships aren’t just for traditional trades – and today I had the opportunity to chat directly to the staff and also the students studying health and social care in the Clinical Skills suite and it was interesting to hear their experiences of Foundation Apprenticeships from their perspective.
“Being able to gain real-world work experience can transform a pupil’s career prospects. Foundation Apprenticeships allow pupils to spend a part of their school week gaining hands-on experience and can lead directly to a full time job.
“It is important to continue to rebalance our educational system, with greater emphasis on vocational education and more choice for pupils. The expansion of Foundation Apprenticeships across Scotland will make sure these opportunities are available to pupils in all corners of the country.’’