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South Lanarkshire Council has been recognised for its commitment to supporting young people into work with a major award win.

The local authority has been named Skills Development Scotland’s (SDS) Youth Employer of the Month for October.

The council, whose head offices are based in Hamilton, has been recognised for its efforts in creating opportunities for young people.

South Lanarkshire has long been a supporter of apprenticeships, with individuals participating in Foundation, Modern and Graduate Apprenticeships.

Commitment

Raymond Brownlie, Vocational Development Adviser at South Lanarkshire Council, said: “The Council are pleased to be recognised for their commitment to the Modern Apprenticeship programme.”

South Lanarkshire Council currently has over 100 Modern Apprentices in post, working towards nationally-recognised work-based qualifications in a range of different occupations, including business and administration, social services and healthcare, highway maintenance, carpentry and joinery, plumbing and heating and bricklaying, painting and decorating.

Modern Apprenticeships allow individuals to work, learn and earn, with individuals working towards industry-recognised qualifications while in full-time employment.

The council also has 14 Graduate Apprentices, who are working towards a degree whilst in full-time employment. The employees study with Glasgow Caledonian University or the University of the West of Scotland on a day release basis. A number of different frameworks are currently underway including software development, IT management for business cyber security, civil engineering and business management.

As well as this, South Lanarkshire provide placements for the Foundation Apprenticeship programme. Foundation Apprenticeships are open to young people in the senior phase of secondary school, and combine college-style learning with a significant work placement. The apprenticeship, which usually takes two years to complete, results in a qualification at the same level of learning as a Higher.

Recognition

Catherine Thomas, Relationship Development Executive at SDS, who nominated the council for the award, said: “Having worked with South Lanarkshire Council for some time, it is great to see the local authority’s work in supporting young people being recognised.

“Public sector employers like this have a lot to offer young people, particularly through apprenticeships. As well as gaining qualifications, these young people have a supportive work environment and prospects for growth and progression.”

Raymond Brownlie at South Lanarkshire Council added: “In particular over the last two years we have increased our opportunities. We believe that Modern Apprenticeships give young people a good start to their career journeys and the Council uses the programme as a way of supporting workforce planning, ongoing development and future career development and progression.”

Frank Mitchell, Chair of Skills Development Scotland, said: “I would like to offer my congratulations to South Lanarkshire Council on being named Youth Employer of the Month.

“As an employer, South Lanarkshire recognise that young people can make a really valuable contribution to the workplace. Their apprenticeship programmes not only give people a starting point in the world of work, but give them the chance to learn, develop and thrive.”

Find out more about apprenticeships and search for vacancies at apprenticeships.scot.

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