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Foundation Apprenticeships

Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services - Children and Young People

There is a growing demand for qualified childhood practitioners with the knowledge and language skills needed to work in Gaelic-medium education and childcare.  

The Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services: Children and Young People is a two-year programme* delivered by Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI for pupils in S5 and S6 with Gaelic. The course combines college-based learning with work placements and offers you the opportunity to gain valuable experience within the early years, childcare and playwork sector whilst still at school.

The course programme comprises of five National Progression Award (NPA) units and four Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) units. You will gain the knowledge and confidence required for the workplace where you will be observed and assessed as part of your placement. You will also complete a workplace diary reflecting on your practice and experience.

What you will study:

  • Communication with children and young people
  • Development of children and young people
  • Promote the wellbeing and safety of children and young people
  • Safeguarding of children and young people
  • Play for children and young people
  • Develop your own knowledge and practice

The programme is offered as part of the senior phase of secondary school and will be delivered alongside other subjects including National 5s or Highers.

What you will need:

  • National 5 English
  • To have a keen interest in working with children and young people
  • To undergo a PVG check and a short interview as part of the application process
  • To be self-motivated and independent and to be ready to work at the same level as Higher

What you will gain:

  • Skills for work
  • Practical experience of working with children and young people
  • The opportunity to use Gaelic in the workplace
  • A recognised qualification for future employment or further education

*The course programme may be completed in a shorter time dependent on circumstances and suitable entry requirements