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A Foundation Apprenticeship and a love of numbers is adding up to a dream start for Tafara’s career in civil engineering.

Tafara’s story

Sixth-year pupil Tafara had never heard of a Foundation Apprenticeship. He'd moved from Manchester to Glasgow a couple of years ago.

He loves Maths and numbers and felt a career in engineering would fuel that passion. So, after hearing about the Civil Engineering Foundation Apprenticeship, he knew he had to give it a go.

It gives him work experience and a qualification in a career he wants, before he’s even left school.


Tafara’s apprenticeship

Tafara chose his two-year Foundation Apprenticeship when he made his subject choices for fifth year. He took it along with Highers in Maths, Chemistry, English and Physics.

In the first year of his Foundation Apprenticeship, he attended college two and a half days a week.

Now in his second year, Tafara is gaining work experience on site with social housing developer, McTaggart Construction. He’s on site one day out of his school week and is also taking Advanced Higher Maths.

“Since starting my Foundation Apprentice, my communication skills have improved and I’ve gained more knowledge and confidence. Now I know Civil Engineering is what I want I do after school.”
Tafara Gopoza
Foundation Apprentice, Civil Engineering

Tafara's future

Tafara knows what he wants to do when he leaves school. Getting experience on site and building relationships with colleagues has proved Civil Engineering is the right career for him.

The Foundation Apprenticeship has improved his communication skills and confidence. It’s let Tafara put what he learns in the classroom into practice. He now has his sights set on an Engineering Modern Apprenticeship.