Business Backing Talent

Get involved

We want all those with a shared interest in apprenticeships to back Scottish Apprenticeship Week. 

This includes apprentices, businesses, industry, schools, colleges, universities, councils and learning providers. 

Employers: can use the week to highlight how your business is backing talent; show the benefits apprenticeships bring to your business and to encourage others to give someone the chance of an apprenticeship. 

Learning providerscould highlight your support for employers investing in apprenticeships; raise awareness of Foundation, Modern and Graduate Apprenticeships and promote the work you do to make sure apprentices achieve their potential.  

Individualscan share your apprenticeship story; highlight the benefits of businesses backing talent through apprenticeships and inspire others with what you have achieved thanks to your apprenticeship. 

Three simple ways to get involved

You can support Scottish Apprenticeship Week by doing one or more of the following:

  • Download and use the campaign resources on apprenticeships.scot/resources

  • Use #ScotAppWeek21, #BusinessBackingTalent and #ThanksForTheChance to show your support for apprenticeships sharing photos, films and stories

  • Post your apprenticeship vacancies on apprenticeships.scot

#ThanksForTheChance

During the toughest of times, thousands of employers across Scotland are continuing to give young people a chance through apprenticeships.  

This Scottish Apprenticeship Week, we’re asking employers, learning providers and apprentices to share their stories of who gave them a chance in the workplace.    

By sharing our stories we can recognise the mentors, bosses and businesses that helped shape our careers and make us what we are today.    

In doing so, we can inspire those who can create opportunities for young people who are facing the toughest of challenges.

Download the toolkit with more information and steps to get involved.

Download the toolkit

Share your story

Share your story on Twitter,  LinkedIn and Facebook using #ThanksForTheChance #BusinessBackingTalent to recognise:

  • A boss for giving you the opportunity to use your skills

  • A manager for giving you the chance to work on an important project

  • A business for giving you an apprenticeship or your first job

  • A mentor who’s helped you develop or grow

  • A learning provider for supporting you through your apprenticeship

Want to join in but not sure what to post?

Here are some suggestions: 

  • Images, films and quotes from current apprentices sharing their experiences 
  • Share details of vacancies, recruitment drives and upcoming positions 
  • Stats and facts about your apprenticeship programme 
  • Promote any activity you are organising or involved with to support the week 

To get you started, here are some social media posts that can be used to promote the week, supported by graphics available to download from the resources area of apprenticeships.scot

We’re backing apprenticeships and supporting #ScotAppWeek21 from 1-5 March. Find out more: apprenticeships.scot/scotappweek #BusinessBackingTalent 

This #ScotAppWeek21 is all about sharing the great things that happen when employers back talent through apprenticeships.  Share your stories from 1 – 5 March and find out more at apprenticeships.scot/scotappweek. #BusinessBackingTalent 

Apprentice employers say productivity is the top benefit of offering apprenticeships. Find out more about the value of taking on apprentices during #ScotAppWeek21 Visit apprenticeships.scot/scotappweek for more info. #BusinessBackingTalent 

More suggested posts are available in the #ScotAppWeek21 toolkit

Teachers and Pupils

Sky competition - Apprenticeships are for everyone

Sky invites pupils to design a poster promoting the benefits of an Apprenticeship. 

The winning poster will be used by Sky throughout their social media channels to help showcase that Apprenticeships are for everyone and to help inspire the next generation of Apprentices.

The closing date for entries is 3rd March 2021. Winners will be announced during Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2021.


Download the teachers pack for full competition details.