This Foundation Apprenticeship introduces pupils to skills needed for a civil engineering career.
You can support the civil engineers of the future who'll build and shape the world. They could work on everything from roads and railways, schools, hospitals or utilities. And because there's a demand for new engineers, you could help to fill the skills gap.
Successful candidates will achieve a Foundation Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering. This is the same level of learning as an SQA Higher, which is SCQF Level 6.
Example of course units include:
NC - Civil engineering materials - Civil engineering project - Computer-aided drafting: an introduction
SCQF - Develop and maintain working relationships and personal development in construction
The qualification includes:
a National Certificate (NC) in Civil Engineering at SCQF Level 6
a minimum of 1 core SVQ unit from Site Technical Support or Built Environment Design at SCQF Level 6
registration with the Institution of Civil Engineering or another professional institution
a work placement experience
Pupils should be working at SCQF Level 5 or 6 in some of these subjects:
It's also expected that they'll work to gain Higher Maths alongside their apprenticeship.
The pupil would select a Foundation Apprenticeship as a school subject choice. Then they'd go through a recruitment process arranged by the college, or other learning provider. It's great if you can get involved, too.
Progression and development
Pupils will get the skills, knowledge and competence to help them move on to:
a Modern Apprenticeship
more vocational training
further study at school or college
These will help them to prepare for working in civil engineering.
If you're looking to hire, Foundation Apprenticeships help you spot talented pupils. You can assess their skills on a longer term than a regular interview process would allow.
How does it work?
During the apprenticeship, each pupil must complete a work placement of about 1 day a week in S6. That helps them build the evidence needed to complete the units from the SVQ.
The placement element will develop throughout the programme. This gives pupils the best opportunity to develop their practice.
Cost and funding
There’s no financial cost to you as an employer because the learner is still at school. But investing your time can bring rewards, with access to talented young people in your workplace.
How long will it take?
It can take 1 year or 2 years. Pupils study a Level 6 Foundation Apprenticeship as one of their school subjects, usually over S5 and/or S6.
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