Glasgow school pupil Rabiya Sikander has gone from repairing bikes and dismantling games consoles at home to learning how to hacksaw, measure out materials and use impressive industry-standard machinery, thanks to a mechanical engineering Foundation Apprenticeship.
Notre Dame High School pupil Rabiya attends the City of Glasgow College’s state of the art Riverside campus two afternoons a week, and she will go out on placement next year to get a taste of the workplace. She says that the course has been a positive step for her.
“Coming from an all-girls school, I was nervous to start with,” she admitted. “I’ve never been in a teaching environment where I was working with boys. When I did come, though, I realised it’s not so bad. With the Foundation Apprenticeship, I’ve learned lots of new skills that I didn’t think I was capable of learning, and doing things that I never thought I’d do.”
Rabiya, who lives in Bridgeton, is now keen to move on to study an HNC in mechanical engineering when she finishes school, and then to apply for a Modern Apprenticeship in petroleum engineering.
She said: “The Foundation Apprenticeship has made me realise that by getting a head-start in mechanical engineering at school, I can do lots of different things. It opens a gate to a wide variety of options.”
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