The first group of Foundation Apprenticeship Engineering pupils at Ayrshire College have been travelling around Ayrshire to gain an insight into working as an engineer in different sectors.

GSK in Irvine, William Engineering in Kilwinning, and Wabtec Faiveley UK Rail Scotland in Kilmarnock welcomed pupils for a tour of their facilities and discussions about career routes within the companies.

The Foundation Apprenticeship class are a mix of pupils from three Ayrshire schools; Greenwood Academy, St Matthews Academy and Prestwick Academy, aiming to pursue a career in engineering sector and are kick-starting their careers by studying a Foundation Apprenticeship at Ayrshire College two afternoons per week.

During the programme employer engagement is a core aspect for exposing pupils to the industry. Engagement can range from site visits to work experience.

William Engineering demonstrated the inner workings of a metal fabrication company, and showed the pupils the range of products they make that meet stringent project specifications.

While Wabtec provided an understanding of the rail industry by showing the pupils the types of train overhauls they undertake at the Kilmarnock facility.

As well as delivering an introductory presentation on the global healthcare company. GSK gave the pupils a tour of the sites utilities, demonstrating the size and scale of power and engineering expertise required to run the 43 year old pharmaceutical plant.

Mike O’Sullivan, GSK Site Director said: “As a science-led organisation we are passionate about supporting the next generation and inspiring new talent.”