Foundation Apprenticeships

Learning Reviews (and course choice) will take place soon for S4 and S5 Students; this letter lets you know more about Foundation Apprenticeships, which are a great option for many students.

Foundation Apprenticeships for Pupils Entering S5 or S6

In partnership with Skills Development Scotland – the national skills agency – I’m writing to parents and carers of young people going into S5 and S6 about a new qualification open to school pupils in this age range.

A Foundation Apprenticeship is designed to provide young people with real experience of the world of work, whilst gaining a qualification at the same level as a Scottish Higher (SCQF 6). It usually counts as one option choice and it’s taken alongside other S5 and S6 subjects. The young person spends time in a real workplace, helping them develop new skills and gain experience.

Assessment takes place as you go, so there’s no final exam. Time spent on placement gives technical workplace knowledge, and can help build confidence, communication and teamwork skills.

A growing number of Foundation Apprenticeships are available in Edinburgh in 2019, covering eleven different job types and career pathways, including Early Learning and Childcare, Engineering, Financial Services, Digital Media and Technology, Health and Social Care.

A Foundation Apprenticeship may directly support your child’s post-school choices:

  • If your child is planning to enter the world of work, Foundation Apprenticeships can offer an opportunity to impress local employers, gain relevant experience and try their preferred career before leaving school.
    • If they’re planning to undertake a Modern or Graduate Apprenticeship a Foundation Apprenticeship could help them get a foot in the door with an employer, whilst the skills and experience they gain could help them fast-track through part of their MA or GA.
    • If they’re planning to go into higher or further education, Foundation Apprenticeships are recognised by every college and university in Scotland. As well as gaining credits towards their preferred course, they will gain experience which could help them stand out from the crowd in personal statements and interviews. It could also help inform their choice of course and career.

Parents who wish to find out more are invited to visit Skills Development Scotland’s website. It has further information on how Foundation Apprenticeships work and types that are available in your school. Please also see the link to Edinburgh College below, where there are more details of foundation apprenticeships

Your son or daughter can register their interest online and their details will be passed on to your qualified school careers advisor who can discuss their options further. Your child’s Pupil Support Leader or Depute Headteacher with responsibility for S5/6 curriculum will also be able to advise about the range of Foundation Apprenticeship options and the application process.

Lorna Sweeney
Service Manager, Schools and Lifelong Learning


Career and Opportunities Fair Nov 2018

Dear Parent/Carer,

We would love to invite you to attend our School Careers and Opportunities Fair on Monday the 19th of November here at Tynecastle High School. The event runs all afternoon, and parents/carers of all Tynecastle High School students are invited to attend between 3.30pm and 5pm.

There will be a range of local and national organisations running stalls and sharing key information on their industry and business so that our students and Parents/Carers can hear about the wide range of possibilities available to young people in their local area and beyond. The exhibitors will be sharing information on:

  • Jobs (including some that are currently available)
  • Work Experience opportunities
  • Modern Apprenticeships
  • General information on industry
  • How young people can look to get involved

This will be the third Careers and Opportunities Fair to run at Tynecastle and we are hopeful that it will be an exciting and empowering opportunity for all involved. The key aim of the event is to introduce our young people to the many different opportunities for work and further training and education, but also to help them realise the requirements and expectations for such opportunities.

Please feel very welcome to join us for this event and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to be in touch.

Kind regards
Ross Rahimian
Support for Pupils Leader – Dunvegan

Careers & Opportunities Fair 14 November

An invitation to all Parents and Carers to visit our Careers and Opportunities Fair on Monday 14 November between 3.30pm and 5pm

At Tynecastle High School we have been developing student awareness of out of school opportunities and beyond school possibilities. As part of this we ran a Careers and Opportunities Fair last year which was fantastic at raising the profile of the many different positive destinations that exist for our young people.

This year we plan to run another Careers and Opportunities Fair here at Tynecastle High School on the afternoon of Monday 14 November. Senior students will attend during school and from 3.30pm (until 5pm) we want to invite parents and carers to attend in order to learn more about the exciting opportunities available for school leavers.

Around 25 organisations will be in attendance, representing a whole range of possible post-school destinations including University, College and Modern Apprenticeships as well as a range of employers and professionals keen to share about further training opportunities in their industry.

Please do put this event in your diary and drop in to join us for the Careers and Opportunities Fair on Monday 14 November between 3.30pm and 5pm. If you have any questions or queries please don’t hesitate to contact the school on 0131 337 3488.

Ross Rahamian
Pupil Support Leader