Ellis Barton's Story

South Lanarkshire College student Ellis Barton was delighted to secure a full-time Modern Apprenticeship with Swish Decor in Whitburn. The 17 year old City and Guilds Cert Painting and Decorating student was commuting daily from her home in Broxburn, West Lothian to the College in East Kilbride to develop skills in the trade she loves. 

Ellis said “I chose to make the 70 mile round trip to study the course, because I’ve always had an interest in Painting and Decorating and was keen to secure an apprenticeship.  I’ve really enjoyed my time at South Lanarkshire College, and would like to especially thank my Lecturers Brian Hannigan and Anna Robin for their advice and guidance.  I’m extremely excited about the future and can’t wait to study and complete my apprenticeship to become a qualified Painter and Decorator”

South Lanarkshire College Painting and Decorating Curriculum Manager, Brian Hannigan said he was delighted for Ellis, Brian continued:

Ellis is a honest, hardworking and diligent student, who is keen to learn all aspects of the trade. I have no doubt that she will be a great asset to her new company.  The City and Guilds course at the College is a great entry level course for students looking to secure an apprenticeship”

Ellis’ new employer David Gardiner of Swish Decor spoke to us about  his new apprentice, stating: “Ellis was the stand out candidate for the post, she was very polite and easy to talk to. Her passion for painting and decorating was very clear to see, and her commitment of travelling from Broxburn to East Kilbride to attend the college course, showed her ambition and hunger for the post.  Ellis made sure she was in the best position possible to get the apprenticeship in the industry and I look forward to working with her “
Everyone at the College will miss you Ellis, we wish you all the very best in your new role.

Foundation Apprenticeship
to Midwifery:
Hannah's story

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In her last year as a pupil at Duncanrig Secondary, Hannah Murray undertook a Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services and Healthcare with us here at South Lanarkshire College .  

Hannah loved the combination of  time away from School in College and the work placement experience.  Hannah is now using the skills she developed on the Foundation Apprenticeship course on her full-time course in Midwifery which she is studying at University.  

Listen as Hannah shares her story.  

Courtney's Story

“I applied for the Foundation Apprenticeship (FA) at South Lanarkshire College as I wanted to gain an understanding of, and experience within the childcare industry. I was really keen to do the course as it gave me time in a college setting and the invaluable opportunity of a work placement.  I loved the fact that I could continue with my other important subjects at school at the same time as studying on the FA course”

Courtney Richardson was heading into S6 at Duncanrig Secondary when she decided to apply for the Social Services: Children and Young People Foundation Apprenticeship course at the College. Courtney had always wanted to become a Primary Teacher and was really excited when her school careers adviser told her there was a college course she could study while still at school.  Courtney was advised that the Foundation Apprenticeship course would be a great stepping-stone to her dream career.

Courtney was accepted onto the FA programme in August 2018 and became South Lanarkshire College’s first ever one-year Foundation Apprenticeship student.  This meant she studied a more intense programme than the two-year cohort.  Courtney’s one-year FA meant that she was in College two days a week for the first few months, before her timetable changed to one day in College and one day on placement per week.  She undertook her placement at East Milton primary in East Kilbride and spent one half day a week in the nursery and the other half day helping in the Primary 1 class.  

Courtney commented

“After completing my Foundation Apprenticeship in just one year, I felt I’d achieved so much. The college classroom and workplace experience gave me the confidence I needed to progress with my childcare ambition”.

Children and Young People Curriculum Manager Lynda McBain said: “Courtney has done so well, we are really proud of her achievements,  she was our first student to complete the FA course in one year which meant, she combined her college work, her school work, her childcare placement all whilst working part time in a salon.  We didn’t hesitate to offer her a place on the HNC Childhood Practice course”

When asked what advice Courtney would give to anyone considering applying for the Social Services: Children and Young People Foundation Apprenticeship course, Courtney said:

“If you’re heading into S5 or S6 in August of this year and you’re considering a career in childcare, then you should take the opportunity to apply for an FA and run with it.  You’ll be taught in a relaxed environment where the assignments and lecturers are fun, you’ll meet new friends from schools across Lanarkshire and you’ll develop your understanding of the what’s involved in a childcare role, which will help you decide the direction your career will take”

Courtney’s now in her final year here at South Lanarkshire College, she will complete her HND Childhood Practice in June of this year and has applied for year three entry to the BA Childhood Studies course at University of the West of Scotland.  Courtney hopes to embark on her PGDE in Primary Education on completion of her BA.

Well done Courtney what a shining example you are!

Ross Love began his career as an apprentice Quantity Surveyor with ISG after leaving school.

Speaking about his apprenticeship, Ross said:

“At the beginning, I had very little knowledge and no experience in the construction industry.  This has never been an issue, as it’s nearly two years on since I started, and I am progressing in my apprenticeship with confidence.  I am meeting the expectations of my employer and working well on the coursework attached.

The South Lanarkshire College  course has been paramount in my learning of the construction industry and has helped me in my day to day job. There have been many times I’ve had a task to do at work, and I have applied the knowledge and skills I have learned in College to carry out and complete what I am doing. This includes: take offs,  looking at clauses in construction contracts etc.

Although Quantity Surveying is a job role in its own right, what you do and how you work can be vastly different depending on the position of your company e.g. a Main Contractor or a Subcontractor. Credit must be given to the course and the lecturers as they try to cover as much as they possibly can in the units from various viewpoints i.e. of how main and sub-contractors would go about their duties in relation to the unit”

The practical knowledge you gain carrying out the job is vital, you gain skills that wouldn’t be possible on a full time course. The combination of College and work experience are the key elements that make me successful in my role.  The apprenticeship I am studying is helping me progress my career.  It’s given me a well-rounded balance of on and off the job learning. The skills, knowledge and confidence I have gained from College is what I use and will continue to use throughout my career”