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Apprentices and employers across the country are hoping for a win in the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards, delivered by Skills Development Scotland (SDS).

Europe’s largest family run car dealer Arnold Clark is the principal partner in what is the 16th year of the Awards. The company traditionally supported a broad range of apprenticeships across the UK.

SDS’s Acting Director of Corporate Affairs John Robertson said: “The increase in the number of entries we received for this year’s Awards is a testament to the hard work of apprentices and the commitment of employers across a wide variety of sectors.

“It seems very fitting that our principal partner in this year’s Scottish Apprenticeship Awards is Arnold Clark, an internationally recognised organisation that sees the value of developing Scotland’s workforce and encouraging other employers to do the same.”

Arnold Clark Apprentice Recruitment Manager Suzanne Sherry said: “We are proud to be the principal partner of this year's Scottish Apprenticeship Awards, which reinforces our commitment to offer young people in Scotland excellent training and career prospects. Apprentices play an integral role in many organisations across the country, including Arnold Clark, and this event helps to recognise and reward their hard work and skills.”

This year’s Awards will take place on 16 November in Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum when the winners will be revealed.

Last year Shetland Islander Joe Smith, a civil engineer, was named Apprentice of the Year.

Joe said: “I was completely speechless and I am really honoured.

“It was never expected but what a way to round up my apprenticeship. I would say to anyone thinking about an apprenticeship to go for it, they won’t regret it. It is the way forward and it is the best thing I have ever done.”

There are 10 categories in the 2017 Awards including Apprentice Ambassador of the Year, Apprentice of the Year at Foundation, Level 2, 3 and Level 4 and above as well as awards for micro, SME, large and public sector employers, plus those who are committed to diversity in the workplace.


Find out more about the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards

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