Future Skills College opened with 28 students in June 2017 and is a full-time, one year, pre-apprenticeship pathway designed for secondary school students.
Future Skills College is offered as a course choice option for students entering S5 and S6 in Dundee and Angus secondary schools.
Future Skills College represents a highly innovative approach to managing the transition from full-time education into the world of work. Completely closing the gap and securing full-time employment for young people as apprentices in their chosen field.
Future Skills College first secures full-time apprenticeship places with local employers then through the school course choice process recruits students to fill these places.
Future Skills College initial offering for school session 2017/18 was :
Early Education and Childcare
For school session 2018/19 will expand to include pre-apprenticeship courses in Business Administration and Joinery.
Completing school +
Students continue on their fully-funded school rolls. Spending two days per week completing their secondary education to the highest possible level.
The schooling component of Future Skills College brings students from across Dundee and Angus to a dedicated facility within Dundee and Angus College, Gardyne Campus.
Students continue to have access to a broad curriculum with a strong focus on English and Maths as well as Health and Wellbeing.
Students take part in a wide range of activities to build their confidence, widen their experience and gain additional qualifications. This year all students participated in Growth Mindset workshops and the Youth Philanthropy Initiative.
All students have full Dundee and Angus College gym membership as an integral part of their studies.
Studying at college +
Students spend two days per week on apprenticeship college courses in their chosen area of employment.
In 2017/18 our students are taking college courses that will prepare them for the full-time apprenticeships in early education, plumbing and electrical trades that they will start on successfully graduating from Future Skills College.
These college courses have been specially designed to get students ready for the full-time modern and traditional apprenticeships that they will graduate into.
This should mean that they get flying start into their chosen professions.
Work placement +
Students spend one day per week with what should be their future employer on work placement.
This gives students the opportunity to meet their future collegues, get used to the expectations of employers and be ready to start their apprenticeship fully prepared at the end of the course.
It also gives employers an opportunity to start building their own young workforce, taking the hassle out of recruitment and support for new employees.