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Scotland’s top apprentice will be named during Scottish Apprenticeship Week in March.  

Finalists for the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards – co-ordinated by Skills Development Scotland – have been confirmed with one worthy winner set to be crowned the country’s apprentice of the year. 

The award winners will be announced during an online event scheduled for Thursday 4 March at 7pm as part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week.

The virtual event will provide a stage to celebrate the success achieved through work-based learning by Foundation, Modern and Graduate Apprentices, after an extraordinarily challenging year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 

Now in its 19th year, the showpiece event also creates a platform for employers, learning providers and individuals across Scotland, who have championed the value of apprenticeships, to receive deserved recognition – highlighting the importance of the Scottish business community backing talent. 

As a result of continued lockdown restrictions, this year’s awards ceremony will take place online and anyone interested in attending can watch it all unfold for free by registering at apprenticeships.scot/awards. 

Celebrating the best in work-based learning

The 29 finalists come from across Scotland – from Kintore in Aberdeenshire to Kelso in the Borders – with one individual poised to be crowned Scotland’s Apprentice of the Year. 

There are also categories for instructors and employers, who have enabled their apprentices to shine in a supportive environment. 

Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills Jamie Hepburn MSP said: “It’s never been more important to recognise the success of our dedicated apprentices, the commitment of their employers and innovation shown by learning providers.

“Across Scotland, apprenticeships are delivering the critical skills and talent that will support our continued economic recovery and growth as we work to rebuild from coronavirus (COVID-19).” 

Skills Development Scotland Chair Frank Mitchell said: “Throughout the pandemic there have been extraordinary efforts from employers to support their apprentices through incredibly difficult circumstances. 

“Apprentices across Scotland have shown huge commitment, fortitude and dedication to developing their skills. 

“It’s also important this year to recognise the innovation demonstrated by learning providers to make sure apprentices continued to learn and progress. 

“Supporting youth employment and skills through apprenticeships is at the heart of economic recovery. 

“The awards are a platform to make sure inspirational apprenticeships, employers and learning providers gain the national recognition and thanks they deserve.” 

Supporting youth employment and skills through apprenticeships is at the heart of economic recovery.

Skills Development Scotland Chair, Frank Mitchell

Prioritising recruitment and retention 

Individuals of all ages benefit from work-based learning through apprenticeships, which enable employers to identify new talent or upskill existing staff to meet business needs. 

Scottish Government has prioritised recruitment and retention of apprentices through their economic response to the pandemic and the Young Person’s Guarantee. 

Scottish Apprenticeships support the Guarantee, introduced to ensure everyone aged between 16 and 24 has the opportunity of work, education, or training. 

Skills Development Scotland has provided a range of support measures in response to the pandemic including the £5000 Apprenticeship Employer Grant, an enhanced Adopt and Apprentice offer for employers, a new Apprentice Transition Plan service for unemployed apprentices and Pathway Apprenticeships for school leavers. 

Get involved 

The virtual awards ceremony takes place on Thursday 4 March 2021, from 7.00pm-8.00pm. 

To register for the event and view the full list of category finalists, visit apprenticeships.scot/awards. 

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