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The vital role apprenticeships play in supporting businesses and the economy now and for the future will be recognised during Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2021.

Taking place from 1-5 March 2021, Scottish Apprenticeship Week is co-ordinated by Skills Development Scotland and supported by the Scottish Government.

The theme for this year’s campaign is Business Backing Talent, with the aim to demonstrate how businesses benefit when they back talent through apprenticeships.

Businesses have adapted to challenging times. Employers and learning providers have innovated so apprentices can learn, achieve and progress. While businesses taking on apprentices have developed new and safe ways to recruit in their commitment to backing talent.

Scottish Apprenticeship Week will shine a light on the great things that happen when business backs apprenticeships.

Frank Mitchell, Chair, Skills Development Scotland

Promoting support

The week will highlight the range of support available to employers to help them take on an apprentice and opportunities for individuals to progress through Foundation, Modern and Graduate Apprenticeships.

The Apprenticeship Employer Grant provides up to £5000 to recruit an apprentice, additional funding to take on a redundant apprentice is also available through Adopt an Apprentice.

New Pathway Apprenticeships are available for school leavers not in a job or education to gain work-based learning and qualifications in sectors with skills needs.

Apprenticeships support the Scottish Government’s Young Person’s Guarantee, playing a key role in providing thousands of employment opportunities for young people.

Skills Minister Jamie Hepburn MSP said:

“This week will highlight the life changing impact that an apprenticeship can have on individuals of all ages and to businesses backing Scotland’s talent and investing in their workforce through apprenticeships.

"The Scottish Government has and continues to support our apprentices during these unprecedented times and has introduced additional interventions to encourage employers to recruit and retain apprentices to support the long-term future of work-based learning and the economy.”

Toolkit to get involved

Chair of Skills Development Scotland, Frank Mitchell said: “Scottish Apprenticeship Week will shine a light on the great things that happen when business backs apprenticeships.

“Apprenticeships enable employers to develop the skills they need to adapt, sustain and strengthen their businesses and talented individuals of all ages and backgrounds have the chance to reach their potential.

“We want everyone who benefits from and supports apprenticeships to get involved and encourage more employers to take on an apprentice.”

The Scottish Apprenticeship Awards is a flagship event taking place during the week, helping to recognise the success of dedicated apprentices, the commitment of their employers and innovative learning providers in a year like no other. 

A campaign toolkit that provides practical information and advice on how to get involved in Scottish Apprenticeship Week is available online.

Learn more and get involved

For more information and to download the Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2021 toolkit visit

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