Get involved

Scottish Apprenticeship Week, 5-9 March 2018

Young Modern Apprentice stands on bridge in city centre

In 2017, hundreds of businesses across the country took part in Scottish Apprenticeship Week. Employers, apprentices, training providers, colleges, councils, schools and other partners all played their part.

We want 2018 to be even bigger - and taking part is easy. Here are five suggestions of how you can get involved. Remember to get in touch if you have any of your own ideas.

1. Hold taster sessions for young people


  • Showcase your business for a morning and let your guests try simple practical tasks
  • Take some of your equipment out to a local school or community hall and let them try it out
  • Bring along your own apprentices to answer any questions about apprenticeships
  • Tailor an event to specific groups that are underrepresented in your industry

 2. Network with local employers


  • Invite employers along to your business to find out more about apprenticeships
  • Start discussions about how they could benefit your industry or local area
  • Host a business breakfast, with a talk from your own apprentices
  • Host a speed networking event or Q&A session about apprenticeships
  • Share best practice and forge connections with other local firms

3. Visit a local school 


  • Spread the word about apprenticeships to local pupils
  • Bring your own apprentices to talk about their experiences and answer questions
  • Ask local schools if they have any careers events planned that you can take part in
  • Build stronger relationships with local schools and help boost your recruitment


4. Get your apprentices involved


  • Ask a manager, director or chief executive to try shadowing an apprentice for the day
  • Arrange a competition or event for your own apprentices
  • Host a small internal event, inviting all your apprentices together to meet and talk about their experiences


5. Share on social or local media


  • Use #ScottAppWeek18 to share tweets, Facebook and Instagram posts
  • Share images and quotes from current apprentices talking about their experiences
  • Post details of vacancies, recruitment drives and upcoming positions
  • Promote your apprenticeship programme with key stats and figures
  • Let your apprentices take over your social media account
  • Get your local newspaper, website or radio station involved in spreading the word about apprenticeships

Be a part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week

Big or small, running an event or activity is a great way for your business to take part in Scottish Apprenticeship Week.