Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2018

Employers, apprentices, training providers, colleges, councils, schools and other partners took part in events and activities across the country for Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2018. Here's a snapshot of what happened throughout the week. 

Aeronautical Engineering Modern Apprentices

SDS director James Russel met students to hear the inspiring stories of how they came to be apprentices with Spirit AeroSystems or UTC Aerospace Systems.

Apprentice of the Year on STV

Apprentice of the Year 2017, Rosie Wilkins talked to STV News Tonight about why she decided to undertake an apprenticeship.

Deputy First Minister meets Foundation Apprentices

John Swinney MSP visited Perth College UHI to meet young people currently completing Foundation Apprenticeships (FAs).

Cyber Security Apprenticeships

At an event at the BT Edinburgh office, Keith Brown MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, launched the Learning and Skills Action Plan for Cyber Resilience.

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First Minister meets apprentices

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced Scotland's first apprenticeship conference as she met MAs at Lothian Buses in Edinburgh. As part of Year of Young People, the conference will be hosted and attended by apprentices.

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Modern Apprenticeships: Including you!

This event aimed to encourage more disabled, care experienced and BME young people into apprenticeships, as well as addressing the gender balance in some frameworks.

Guides to inclusive recruitment

SDS launched a range of digital guides designed to support employers to attract and recruit apprentices from a range of backgrounds.

The guides were developed through the Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board (SAAB).

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Graduate Apprentice Supta at Scottish Water

Supta's Graduate Apprenticeship in IT

"I’ve always had a clear career goal, but to get there I knew that I needed to develop both my personal and technical skills. My apprenticeship is doing exactly that."

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Young female apprentice

Rabiya's Foundation Apprenticeship in engineering

"I love making things and experimenting. That’s why engineering and the Foundation Apprenticeship appealed to me, the practical side of it – it’s really interesting."

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Young female welder apprentice

Bethany's Modern Apprenticeship in engineering

"My apprenticeship has totally broadened my horizons and opened my eyes up to what I can actually do and achieve within engineering. There’s nothing to lose with an apprenticeship. All you do is gain."

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Employers making the promise

Scotland's businesses are committing to recruit apprentices in 2018

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