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Throughout autumn Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is working with employers, training providers and partners to co-ordinate events and activity.

For young people

Over 2,500 young people, parents and teachers visited the first ever Scottish Apprenticeship Shows in Glasgow and Edinburgh at the start of the month.

The events were the perfect opportunity for youngsters to talk to employers, ask questions and get the right information about apprenticeships.

A whole host of sectors were represented at the events – from engineering and automotive to ICT and energy.

Ryan Shields, BAE Systems Sheet Metal Apprentice who was on hand to offer advice said:

“The shows are a fantastic way to give young people an idea of what they can actually get to do as an apprentice and where an apprenticeship can take you.

“It’s always better to hear direct experiences from people so this has been a really useful way to get the messages across – that an apprenticeship means you can get a qualification and a job at the same time.”

Teachers felt the benefits too - Mark Sherry, Headteacher of Lanark Grammar School said:

“For teachers, the shows are providing an opportunity to expand our knowledge on the variety of career pathways available to young people.

“While we have lots of knowledge on traditional learner journeys, there is room to strengthen our understanding of work based learning and apprenticeships.

“In order to best support young people, it is important we grow our knowledge and then we can best promote the full range of opportunities which exist.”

At the Jobs, Skills and Apprenticeships Fair youngsters in Dundee were able to find out more about apprenticeship opportunities in the local area, with a special evening session for parents and carers proving a success.

Still to come as part of the work based learning activity are regional events promoting apprenticeships to young people in Aberdeen, Ayrshire, Borders, Forth Valley, Inverness and Dumfries and Galloway. Click here for a full list.

Schools from the surrounding communities are encouraged to attend these events to find out more about the benefits of work based learning and to help inform their pupils when making choices about their future.

For employers

Events for employers launched in September at GTG Training in Glasgow with Sterling Furniture Group, Impact Results Limited and grassroots charity FARE in attendance amongst others.

Employers heard more about the range of Modern Apprenticeships on offer; as well as new Foundation Apprenticeships for school pupils and Graduate Level Apprenticeships.

Interactive workshop sessions focused on young talent management and equality and diversity.

Employers discussed ideas in groups, shared examples of challenges they have faced, solutions they have adopted and successes stories.

Following the event, SDS Employer Engagement Manager Derek Cairns, said: “We had a great turnout to the first of the Making Skills Work for Employers event.

“These events aim to inform employers of the expansion of apprenticeships, the wider Apprenticeship Family and the benefits of work-based learning to business.

“SDS is here to help employers, offering support for business and providing information and assistance.”

Impact Results Ltd Training and Recruitment Manager, Garry Walker, said: “It was a fantastic, interactive event with lots of different people from different organisations.

“It’s a great opportunity to build partnerships within the business community and to share ideas for strengthening your workforce.

“Apprenticeships mean we can build the skillset for our existing employees and new employees as well. They’ve increased morale, confidence and productivity.”

Over the coming months, more events are taking place for employers from small and medium sized businesses who are interested in developing work-based learning programmes and apprenticeships.

Click here for more on the upcoming Making Skills Work for Employers events.

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