Yasmin Beg
Social Services Children and Young People Foundation Apprentice (SSCYP)

Foundation Apprenticeships are a Skills Development Scotland (SDS) initiative, providing new, work-based learning opportunities for pupils in their senior phase of secondary school. It enables them to gain industry knowledge and practical work experience with an employer, while still at school.

As a SSCYP Foundation Apprentice you gain an opportunity to study and learn about Early Brain Development, Understanding Attachment Styles, Biology of Stress and Building Resilience, Impact of Early Trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences along with Practical Industry Work Experience. As a SSCYP Foundation Apprentice you also have an opportunity to learn about the importance of your overall personal wellbeing, and take part in sessions that promote a healthy body and healthy mind.

We asked Yasmin Beg, Social Services Children and Young People (SSCYP) Foundation Apprentice, to provide a written account of her experience so far.

Here are Yasmin’s thoughts and views…

'I would definitely recommend a Foundation Apprenticeship to another pupil. I feel it sets you up and gives you more knowledge and experience for future job opportunities such as Care, Teaching or Health. It can also help with your application if you plan to go into further education such as college or university as you take part in work experience during your apprenticeship.

I’ve really enjoyed developing relationships with other pupils from Bellahouston Academy. There are serval pupils at Bellahouston Academy undertaking SSCYP Foundation Apprenticeship so TIGERS provide training at our school. During training, I’ve developed an understanding of the importance of communication, in depth knowledge of attachment, brain development and the ways in which children learn and develop. I love to learn new things. This learning makes you question the world around us and how we interact with people. I’m looking forward to my placement next year as this will be a big step! But an exciting step forward.

Another example would be my Maths class, my teacher provides additional support by issuing notes and scheduling time to talk. Equally, I could speak to my Trainer Lisa and would be offered support which has helped with my development.

In the future, I would like to be a primary school teacher. My SSCYP Foundation Apprenticeship has provided a taster to the education sector and now I am certain that I would like to go down this career route. This has provided me with an insight to what the job consists of and it has shown me there is more to teaching than just teaching. It is about getting to know how young people develop and how their brains work.'

Are you in the middle of picking your subjects for your senior year of secondary school in the Glasgow and East Dunbartonshire area? Has Yasmin’s story inspired you to undertaking SSCYP Foundation Apprenticeship qualification? SSCYP Foundation Apprenticeship can lead to different professional career pathways such as: Financial Services; Media; HR; Developmental Psychology; Teaching; and Health.

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