Foundation Apprenticeships

CALA Foundation Apprenticeship

Social Services: Children and Young People

About Foundation Apprenticeships

Foundation Apprenticeships are the Scottish Government’s national agency, Skills Development Scotland (SDS) initiative, providing new, work-based learning opportunities for students in their 5th and 6th year of secondary education as one of their senior subject choices.

There are 12 Foundation Apprenticeship (FA) qualifications to choose from across different sectors and a wide variety of workplace industries. The FA qualifications are integrated into the school timetable and are the same level as a Scottish Higher (SCQF level 6).

Students will be released from school to work with local learning providers and employers in their chosen qualification sector.

Benefits of Foundation Apprenticeships

  • Provides the first-hand experience of working life and helps develop young minds to establish what their interests and skills are
  • Students are provided with the opportunity to learn essential skills for the world of work
  • Provides a head start into employment with valuable work experience
  • Enhances CV’s, University/College Applications
  • Stepping stone to various pathways and routes into chosen work sectors

Foundation Apprenticeship in action

Click through the photographs to see some of the different experiences and learning of the CALA Foundation Apprenticeships.

CALA Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services: Children and Young People

CALA are offering 10 placements to work towards a Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services: Children and Young People qualification with us. This opportunity is open to all students attending secondary schools in Inverness, Nairn, Grantown – on – Spey, Kingussie and Fortrose who are entering their 5th year in August 2024.

About our Foundation Apprenticeship

As an established training provider and employer with a proven track record in quality assurance, self-evaluation and improvement we will ensure our Foundation Apprenticeship students gain valuable, real work experience balanced with the theoretical and underpinning knowledge from an engaging, motivating and inspiring programme of experiences.

Year 1: Will focus on completing a National Progression Award in Social Services (Children and Young People). Through a blended approach including focused learning sessions at our Learning & Development centre and visits to CALA managed ELC settings to carry out observations and practical tasks putting learned theory and knowledge into practice.

Year 2: Students will be on placement working in CALA managed ELC settings in Inverness and Nairn. Students will be assessed in the workplace by our SQA qualified Assessors to gain an SVQ 2 in Social Services (Children and Young People).

Who is our Foundation Apprenticeship for?

Our FA placement is for those interested in pursuing a career working with Children & Young People, for example, teaching, social work, care sectors, nursing etc.  This two-year qualification will provide valuable knowledge, skills and essential work experience in the industry enabling students to progress a career pathway whether through university/college, as a Modern Apprentice or into work with vocational study.

Entry-level required

Students are required to have or be working towards, at least 4 National 5 qualifications including Literacy and to be capable of working at SCQF Level 6 (Higher Level. Special consideration may be given for particular circumstances where we have the capacity to meet the individual student’s needs.

  • CALA Settings

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  • Career Pathways with CALA

    CALA has many different pathways which can lead to a career in childcare, whether you are leaving school, an adult returner or are looking for a career change.

Apply here

To apply for our 2022-2024 programme – click here to download and application form.

Please return to [email protected] 

Alternatively, if you would like to talk through your options, use the contact box below and a member of the FA team will respond.

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