Member Blog| Not going to Uni! West Lothian College
Let’s face it – University isn’t for everyone. And indeed it shouldn’t be either. West Lothian needs our young people to have the full range of skills that will be required to grow our economy in the future and West Lothian College is committed to ensure the future workforce is ready to meet future needs.
The College has worked in collaboration with Skills Development Scotland and Scottish Government to develop a Vocational Skills Pipeline, which provides an “Equal but Different” path to graduate level achievement.
Three stages are involved:
- Foundation Apprentices typically start at 15 years old. They come to College one day a week instead of going to school, typically starting in S5 on a 2-year programme. The programme is 50% in College and 50% in work placement. We teach a range of skills across the Care professions, Engineering and Construction and Scientific and Food Technologies. The placements are of the highest quality and the hope always is that the placement will lead to a job offer as a Modern Apprentice.
- Modern Apprentices are employed and paid. They come to College as part of their apprenticeship and gain the skills they need to be fully qualified over a 2-3-year period.
- Some Modern Apprentices go on to be Graduate Apprentices. These smart cookies have taken full advantage of the “Earn as you Learn” pathway and have qualifications which are fully the equivalent of any degree.
97% of West Lothian College Learners go on to a positive destination at the end of their studies and overwhelmingly enjoy and value their experience at the College. Daniel Evans, Centre Head at the College, says “Coming to College is a brilliant alternative to other options – students get to learn by doing and are treated as adults here. We really care about what happens to them and will always do our very best to ensure they succeed and go on to be successful.”
If you or someone you know is progressing to S5 this year, encourage them to get in touch through our website to see about a place on one of our Foundation Apprenticeship Courses. In August they could be well and truly on the road to a rewarding and fulfilling livelihood.
For further details contact Sandra Hubbard 01506 427543 or firstname.lastname@example.org