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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon with Lothian Buses' apprentices

Scotland’s first apprenticeship conference – by apprentices for young people – has been announced.

The announcement was backed by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon as she kicked off Scottish Apprenticeship Week.

The First Minister met apprentices at Lothian Buses in Edinburgh as the campaign got underway.

SDS Chief Executive Damien Yeates said: “Scottish Apprenticeship Week is the ideal time for employers, young people and parents to find out more about the range of apprenticeships on offer.

“And the Year of Young People is the ideal time to hold Scotland’s first apprenticeship conference by apprentices for young people.

“The event will be Scotland’s biggest celebration of apprentices, showcasing the talent and achievements of young people who choose to work, learn and earn.”

The event – due to be held later in the year – will be supported by members of the Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board’s newly formed apprenticeship group.

The group provides representation for apprentices on the industry-led board which was established to give a strong industry voice to the development of work-based learning in Scotland.

Scottish Apprenticeship Week is the annual campaign to show that apprenticeships work for businesses, individuals and the economy.

Recognising the fundamental role employers play in helping apprentices launch their careers, the theme of Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2018 is Apprenticeships Are the Business.

Organised by Skills Development Scotland (SDS), Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2018 takes place from 5-9 March.

To register an interest in The Scottish Apprenticeship Conference email extcomms@sds.co.uk

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