A LEADING Aberdeen-based apprenticeship-training firm has played host to a team of youngsters from Aberdeen Football Club who substituted playing on the pitch for classroom studies.
ITCA Training, which was established in 1989 and is one of the largest engineering apprenticeship training firms in Scotland, was approached by Aberdeen FC to deliver the Modern Apprenticeship core skills course to youngsters from the club’s Youth Academy.
The company works with a range of firms across the North-east to provide training for young employees, and although they offer the traditional disciplines, the training centre delivers business focused courses and apprenticeships.
All full-time trainee professional footballers aged 16-19 in Aberdeen FC’s Under-19 squad follow a Modern Apprenticeship programme in Sports Excellence.
As part of the apprenticeship, participants are required to complete an SVQ Level 3 qualification and have all five core skills at Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Level Five.
Youngsters from the youth academy attended ITCA Training’s headquarters at the Kirkhill Industrial Estate, in Dyce, to reach their goal of core skills in Numeracy, Information Communication and Technology (ICT), Problem Solving and Communication.
The Working with Others core skills is achieved through their team work on the pitch.
ITCA Training managing director, June Jones, said: “Although we are recognised for our apprenticeships in engineering, the training centre has an experienced team of assessors on-hand to deliver business focused courses and non-traditional apprenticeships.
“We have had a long association with AFC in respect of core skills delivery. Each learner successfully completed the course, and we wish them luck in their future career with the club.”
Allan McKimmie, AFC’s Education and Welfare Officer, said: “We have been working with ITCA for five years now and they have consistently provided the necessary core skills required to support the achievement of the award which is a vital aspect of their development as both individuals and footballers.”
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