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The largest ever gathering of apprentices in Scotland is set to take place this week.

Scotland’s Apprentice Convention takes place at Edinburgh’s International Conference Centre (EICC) on Thursday.

Around 500 Foundation, Modern and Graduate Apprentices representing more than 100 employers will attend the event.


Apprentices travelling to and from the event can get a 30 per cent discount on Anytime Return or First Anytime Return tickets, thanks to ScotRail.

Sponsors Lloyds Banking Group employ apprentices to provide the business with the skills it needs for the future.

Willie Bell, Head of Delivery, Core Platforms – Engineering said: “Lloyds Banking Group are proud to be one of the sponsors for the inaugural Scotland’s Apprentice Convention.

“Apprentices are key to the future capability of the British public and private sector, not just Lloyds Banking Group.”

Organised by Skills Development Scotland, the event will see apprentices from across the country come together to share inspiring stories and attend development workshops.

A satellite event attended by approximately 100 apprentices is also being held in Inverness and hosted by Inverness College UHI.

The free event aims to create a sense of pride in apprentices while directly supporting their ongoing personal and professional development.

The workshops sessions include core skills such as teamworking, building confidence and communication.

Speakers and panel members include current and former apprentices including 2014 Scottish Apprentice of the Year, Suzanne Birney.

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Attendees will also hear from Scottish Government Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy, Kate Forbes.

Social entrepreneur and former Big Brother winner John Loughton will also take to the stage.

Members of the Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board’s apprentice group have helped organise the event and will take part in a panel session with host for the day Jennifer Reoch from STV.

Skills Development Scotland Director of National Training Programmes, Katie Hutton, said: "The enthusiasm and support for Scotland’s Apprentice Convention has been fantastic.

“It shows the commitment of apprentices to developing their skills. It also demonstrates the commitment of employers to supporting the development of their apprentices.”

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