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The Shared Apprentice

Over fifty representatives from local construction companies, procurement officers, business advice agencies and key stakeholders turned up to a business breakfast in Dundee to find out more about one of Scotland’s first Shared Apprentice Schemes in Construction.

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The Shared Apprentice programme is an innovative collaboration between local partners and the CITB. It means that small to medium businesses can share the cost and responsibility of employing an apprentice, thanks to an umbrella company which employs and manages the Modern Apprentices.  The initiative allows businesses to opt in and out of employing an apprentice according to their contract obligations and avoids putting undue pressure on smaller concerns.

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The programme was established in Angus eighteen months ago in response to industry demand as a way of providing construction contractors with an opportunity to meet local training skills requirements. It is particularly appealing to small/ medium businesses who find it difficult to commit to a 4 year apprenticeship.

One of the Shared Apprentice founders is Kevin Murphy, the Director of Curriculum and Attainment at Dundee and Angus College. He says,  “The project was established to offer added-value apprenticeships in a geographical area that is subject to low wage rates, high youth unemployment, and an industry skills shortage within the construction sector.”

The programme has been expanded into Dundee to enhance partnership working and create more opportunities. There are currently twenty four construction apprentices with another twelve coming on stream over the summer.    For more information then please contact business@dundeeandangus.ac.uk