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Local businesses met with pupils from Dunblane High School to explain why Modern Apprenticeships can open the door to an exciting career.

Employers Valet Tech and FES and joined with training provider The Tell Organisation for the event for third-year pupils organised by Skills Development Scotland’s (SDS) network of careers advisers and employer engagement staff.

The pupils had the chance to ask employers about their experiences, hear from apprentices about why they took a work-based learning route into their career, and get their hands on information packs.

Pupils found out that apprenticeships offer an opportunity to learn in a real working environment while earning a wage and gaining a recognised qualification, across a range of different industries and in businesses of all sizes.

Learning Through Work Week

The event was the first in a series being organised by SDS in schools across Scotland for Learning Through Work Week. From 16-20 November over 300 schools the length and breadth of the country will welcome employers into classrooms to share with pupils the benefits of work-based learning.

Lynsey Davidson, SDS Team Leader in Stirling, said: “Modern Apprenticeships are a fantastic option for many young people, and these visits offer pupils a chance to gain a real life insight into the drive and determination they’ll need to succeed as a Modern Apprentice.

“I want to thank the school, pupils, apprentices and employers for making the event such a success.”

Third year pupil Hannah Richards felt the benefits of hearing first-hand about Modern Apprenticeships.

She said: “It helps you to consider what is out there for you to pick and what options you have available. It is good to know that if you want to take that route that you have support of your school; that is helpful.”

Confidence and independence

Former pupil and current Customer Service Modern Apprentice at Sky, Calum Morris, also spoke to pupils at the event.

He said: “An apprenticeship gives you the confidence and independence you need to go out and be successful. Apprenticeships are, in my eyes, the best route to go if you are looking to get yourself into employment.”

Shelagh Hansom, Principal Teacher, Pupil Support at Dunblane High School, said: “I think at this age and stage apprenticeships are something that the vast majority of pupils may have heard of, but that is where it begins and ends.

“This was an opportunity to raise awareness much earlier and further down the school of what it actually involves and how you go about exploring the possibilities of an apprenticeship.”

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