To celebrate Scottish Apprenticeships Week, we are highlighting the diversity that makes work-based learning good for individuals, employers and the economy.
Throughout the week, BBC Radio Orkney are featuring interviews with local people who are undertaking apprenticeships along with their employers, who are supporting them through the qualification.
Today we hear from Rachel Mills, a sixth year pupil at Kirkwall Grammar School who is in the second year of her Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services Children & Young People. As well as spending time at Orkney College UHI, she undertakes a placement at Papdale Primary School.
Undertaken whilst still at school, a Foundation Apprenticeship lets young people undertake work-based learning to help them gain valuable workplace experience and knowledge. They count as one of their subject choices and give a qualification that is the same as a Higher.
This year, there are four Foundation Apprenticeships available in Orkney. They are:
You can hear Rachel being interviewed along with Caroline Easton, Nursery Manager at Papdale, from 11 minutes, here.
You can read more about Foundation Apprenticeships here.