Future Skills College opened in June 2017 and is a full-time, one year, pre-apprenticeship pathway designed for senior phase secondary school students.
Future Skills College is offered as a senior phase course choice option for students entering S5 and S6 in Dundee City and a number of 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 sources part-time work placements for students with local employers in the hope that these become full-time apprenticeships at the end of the course
Future Skills College for school session 2021/22 is running bespoke courses in:
Early Education and Childcare
Completing school +
Students continue on a school roll.
The schooling component of Future Skills College has evolved over the last few years and is now fully integrated into their College timetable.
Students continue to have access to a broad curriculum, but with a strong focus on literacy, numeracy, RME as well as Health and Wellbeing.
Students also take part in a wide range of activities to build their confidence, widen their experience and gain additional qualifications. This has included Growth Mindset workshops, outdoor education activities as well as the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI).
As students stay on a school roll if eligible they can access: Child Benefit; Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA); free school meals and bus passes.
Studying at college +
Students follow specially designed pre-apprenticeship college courses in their chosen area of employment.
These college courses help to prepare our students for full-time apprenticeships and should mean that they get flying start into their chosen professions.
For our trades students this aspect of the course involves undertaking projects in the College workshops. Students also have the opportunity to gain the qualifications and certification required to work on a building site.
For our early education students the College work covers all aspects of working in pre-school education setting and leads to a Foundation Apprenticeship in Early Education.
Work placement +
Students spend one day per week on work placement with what we hope will be their future employer.
This crucial part of the course gives students the opportunity to meet with other staff and get used to the expectations of employers, for example good timekeeping and acceptable workplace behaviour.
This work placement experience should mean that they are ready to start an apprenticeship better prepared at the end of FSC than they were when they joined us.
FSC also gives employers an opportunity to start building their own young workforce, taking the hassle out of recruitment, basic training and support for their new employees.