A Clydebank teenager is making strides towards her dream career - at just 16 years old.

St Peter the Apostle’s High School pupil Leanne Macdonald has taken on a foundation apprenticeship in engineering at the City of Glasgow College.

And she has credited the programme for getting her out of the classroom and picking up some practical skills.

She said: “In school, you’re stuck at a table and chair for fifty minutes at a time.

“But with the foundation apprenticeship, you can go to college and do more than write on a bit of paper. You can get your hands dirty.”

Foundation apprenticeships give pupils in fifth and sixth year of high school the chance to study at college alongside their other subjects in school, as well as undertaking a significant work placement with a relevant employer.

Leanne said the course has given her confidence and a sense of independence as she pursues her ideal career.

She added: “I want to go into an engineering job, so I think the foundation apprenticeship is a great opportunity.

“[It] gives you the chance to see what it’s going to be like working in that environment.”

Leanne is one of three girls in a class of 24.