College backs apprenticeship week

Release Date: 6 March 2017

A whole host of local businesses turned up last month to an information session to support Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2017.

SAW picture 1The event was hosted jointly by D&A College,Skills Development Scotland and CeeD (Centre for Engineering Education and Development) and was aimed at helping employers see how their businesses could develop through investing in apprenticeships.

Gordon MacDougall, Skills Development Scotland’s Head of Operations for North East Scotland explained how apprenticeships bring benefits to businesses of all sizes and highlighted the support, advice and funding SDS can provide.

The Foundation Apprenticeship programme enables employers to shape the next generation of talent by preparing future employees for the world of work.

School pupils complete elements of a Modern Apprenticeship in S5 and S6 by spending time at college and with employers.

This allows employers to identify high performing young people who can go on to complete a fast-track Modern Apprenticeship – saving them time and money.

The Modern Apprenticeship programme helps employers build a skilled, motivated workforce.

A Modern Apprentice is like any other employee, but receives structured, on-the-job training and a qualification designed for that industry.

There is the option to hire someone new, or use an MA to upskill existing staff.

During the morning session, there was the chance to hear from employers and young people involved in local apprenticeship schemes from a range of industry sectors, giving an account of their participation.

A lively Q&A seesion took place prior to some informal networking at the end of the event.