Future Skills College opened 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 City and Angus Council secondary schools.
Future Skills College represents a highly innovative approach to managing the transition from full-time education into the world of work. Closing the gap and securing full-time employment for young people as apprentices in their chosen field.
Future Skills College first secures potential full-time apprenticeship opportunities with local employers then through the school course choice process recruits students to fill these places.
Future Skills College for school session 2018/19 includes bespoke courses in:
Early Education and Childcare
Completing school +
Students continue on their school rolls. Coming together from 11 schools to spend 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, but 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 as well as the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI).
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 specially designed pre-apprenticeship college courses in their chosen area of employment.
In 2018/19 our students are taking college courses that will prepare them for the full-time apprenticeships in early education, plumbing, joinery, electrical trades and business administration. This should mean that they get flying start into their chosen professions.
Over time we plan to expand this offering based on employer demand for apprentices.
Future areas might include IT/digital skills, adult care and hospitality.
Work placement +
Students spend one day per week on work placement with what we hope will be their future employer .
This gives students the opportunity to meet work with other staff, get used to the expectations of employers and be ready to start an 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.