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More than 300 pupils, parents and carers flocked to Paisley’s Town Hall to find out more about apprenticeship opportunities at a special careers event.

Organised by Paisley’s Skills Development Scotland careers centre, in partnership with West College Scotland, the event gave young people the chance to discover the benefits Foundation, Modern and Graduate Apprenticeships.

There was also an opportunity to meet employers who offer opportunities in businesses throughout Renfrewshire.

The event opened with series of talks from current and former apprentices, sharing their experiences with an interested audience.

Local apprentices, including BBC production apprentice Rona Nicolson and sheet metal apprentice Jamie Doran of BAE, spoke positively of their own experience and encouraged other local young people to take part.

The talks were followed by an employer marketplace, where young people, their parents and carers had the chance to speak to employers directly about opportunities that are available.

Learn while you earn

Representatives from a number of firms including Scottish Water, NHS, Rolls Royce and Police Scotland were available to talk to local young people about the roles on offer and what prospective apprentices could learn while they earn.

Russell Teeling of Rolls Royce said apprentices are a vital part of their business and was delighted to take part in order to encourage more local talent.

He said: “This was a brilliant event with a very impressive attendance. We have spoken to a huge number of enthusiastic and motivated young people that we will be contacting regarding our next recruitment. We will definitely be supporting this event in the future.”

More than 300 parents, carers and young people made it to Tuesday evening’s event, which the organisers have hailed as a ‘huge success’.

Exceeded expectation

SDS Team Leader Audrey McNeil said: “Despite the miserable weather, we were pleased to welcome a huge number of parents, carers and young people to give them the chance to speak to employers regarding their recruitment processes.

“The young people welcomed the chance to hear from current apprentices about their jobs and how they got into their current career choice. The general feedback from both attendees and employers was very positive and exceeded their expectation.

“Our careers team work really hard to support young people in Renfrewshire to reach their full potential, and the success of this event is down to their passion and commitment.”

Local apprentice Fraser Gibbons added: “It has been fantastic to share my experience with other young people – not that long ago, I was in the same position not really knowing what I wanted to do and look at me now. They can do the same.”

There are more than 80 different types of Modern Apprenticeship covering hundreds of different job types, with around 27,000 new opportunities each year. Find out more about apprenticeships at

For careers advice and support, or to find out about upcoming events in your area, search for your local careers centre at the In Your Area page.

This was a brilliant event with a very impressive attendance. We have spoken to a huge number of enthusiastic and motivated young people that we will be contacting regarding our next recruitment.
Russell Teeling, Rolls Royce
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