Three of our current apprentices joined the ScottishPower Engineering Foundation Programme back in 2013 and were successful in obtaining a full craft apprenticeship in September 2014.
Next they will embark on their six months technical training block after successfully completing their PEO qualification in Electrical & Mechanical Engineering and their City & Guilds 2339 Technical Certificate at Forth Valley College and Manchester College.
They have kindly agreed to share their experiences thus far with us. Take a look at all of the Engineering Foundation Programme case studies below:
Michael Watson - Engineering Foundation Student at Edinburgh College
When I left school I wasn’t too sure what I wanted to do, although I’d always been interested in electricity and how it’s generated and distributed. When I spotted the Engineering Foundation Programme I applied right away.
It gave me the chance to study towards a Level 5 National Certificate in Electrical Engineering while also getting hands on technical experience and the chance of an Apprenticeship at the end. The £200-a-month I received in sponsorship from ScottishPower and the fact it was only three days a week at college meant I could keep on my job at Homebase while I was studying.
I’m really happy to have obtained the Apprenticeship and start my career as an electrical fitter.
Kevin McKenzie – Engineering Foundation Student at Glasgow Clyde College
I’d been interested in the electrical field for a while, even when I was at high school, so decided early on I didn't want to go to university. The next step for me was to achieve an Apprenticeship.
The opportunity to apply for the Engineering Foundation Programme came up, which I was lucky to be offered a place on. I achieved my National Certificate in Engineering Level 5 while also completing my technical training. I am now on the Apprentice Programme and the next step will be to start training as a cable jointer.
I would definitely recommend the Engineering Foundation Programme route to other engineering hopefuls as a stepping stone towards a career for life.
Ryan Salmon – Engineering Foundation Student at West Cheshire College
I always knew ScottishPower were a good company to work for and when I saw the Engineering Foundation Programme advertised at school and decided to apply. I felt this would be the best route for me, gaining the skills and experience needed to earn a place on the Apprentice Programme.
I spent an academic year at college and achieved an EAL Level 2 Diploma in Engineering and Technology. All the hard work paid off, as towards the end of the course I was offered a place on the Apprentice Programme.
I am going to be working as a cable jointer, and will start my training for this in March, which I am really looking forward to.
Alternatively, if you know anyone who might be interested, please encourage them to find out more through this link.