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The launch of the 2017 Scottish Apprentice of the Year Awards kicked off the frenetic final day of Scottish Apprenticeship Week.

Apprentices past and present gathered at Kelvingrove Art Gallery to launch the search for Scotland’s best apprentices and employers.

The awards, now in their 16th year, recognise achievements of individuals and employers involved in apprenticeships.

Winners will be revealed at the awards ceremony on Thursday 16 November at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow.

Entries are open now, with full details on and a deadline of noon on Wednesday 28 June.

Day 5 also saw young women from Paisley Grammar School, Trinity High School and St Benedicts High School gather for the CITB Women into Construction event with Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Consitution Derek McKay and Gavin Newlands MP.

GTG held an apprenticeship recruitment open day with Arnold Clark. Cosmic Coppers nursery hosted a visit with local MSP James Dornan, Renfrewshire Council and BT also hosted events while Rewards Training presented certificates to apprentices celebrating their achievements at Glasgow Science Centre.

See our social media round up of Day 5.

Scottish Apprenticeship Week is a nationwide celebration aimed at encouraging more employers to take on apprentices.

Apprenticeships are changing

The theme for this year’s campaign was ‘Apprenticeships are Changing’.

The SCDI Skills Summit kicked off the week with a focus on the growing Apprenticeship Family and the future of work-based learning.

Other highlights from the week included Minister for Employability and Training Jamie Hepburn joining partners SDS, Strathclyde University, Heriot-Watt University and Robert Gordon University to launch the Centre for Work-base Learning in Scotland.

Over 1,200 people found out about apprenticeships and work based learning at the Glasgow City Council Jobs Fair, with over 40 employers exhibiting and 500 live opportunities on offer across the day.

At  the Developing the Young Workforce Jobs Roadshow in Edinburgh more than 350 people found out more about  apprenticeships from 40 exhibitors and 600 live vacancies.

SDS Careers Adviser Ruth Scott and three apprentices joined John Beattie live on BBC Radio Scotland. Engineer Laura O’Donnell, Chef Kieran Wright and stonemason Sophie Turner told John why they chose to do an apprenticeship and what they enjoy most about their day-to-day roles. You can listen again here – scroll half an hour in.

And to mark International Women’s Day the spotlight shone on great female apprentices today.

In particular, the success of the Apprenticeship Heroes was highlighted through social media activity and online content.

SDS Chief Executive, Damien Yeates said: “We want businesses and individuals to know that apprenticeships are changing.

“Apprenticeships are designed by employers for employers and provide the talent they want for the growth they need to develop their workforce.

“Business and industry continue to invest in apprenticeships, even in challenging economic times, which is a testament to the value they see in work based learning.”

Catch up

If you missed any of the week’s action, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

You can catch up on all the action from Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with our handy round ups.

SDS would like to thank all of the apprentices, training providers, employers, partners and individuals who have made Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2017 such a roaring success.

We can’t wait to do it all again next year!

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