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

Winners will be announced at an online event on Wednesday 9th March during Scottish Apprenticeship Week. Attendees are now invited to sign up for the event.

To mark its 20th year, the showpiece event will recognise its biggest-ever number of finalists – highlighting how apprenticeships work for Scotland.

Award categories recognise the success of Foundation, Modern and Graduate Apprentices across Scotland, as well as the employers, learning providers and instructors who have supported apprentices to shine in what has been another challenging year.

Two new categories also spotlight apprentices and employers working hard to support Scotland’s climate change ambitions and target of net zero emissions by 2045.

Celebrating the best in work-based learning

The 40 finalists come from across Scotland and one will be named Scotland’s Apprentice of the Year.

Minister for Higher Education and Further Education, Youth Employment and Training, Jamie Hepburn said: 

“As Scotland moves towards economic renewal and transition, it’s never been more important to celebrate the efforts of apprentices, their employers and supporters.

“Apprenticeships and work-based learning directly support the Young Person’s Guarantee, providing thousands of opportunities every year to help build the skills Scotland needs to support economic recovery.

“These awards are a fantastic way to celebrate the voices of apprentices and their employers from across the length and breadth of the country.”

 

“As Scotland moves towards economic renewal and transition, it’s never been more important to celebrate the efforts of apprentices, their employers and supporters."

Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Higher Education and Further Education, Youth Employment and Training

Chair of Skills Development Scotland, Frank Mitchell, added: “Since the pandemic changed all our lives, we have seen extraordinary commitment from apprentices working to support their employers and Scotland’s economic recovery. 

“Throughout the pandemic employers have recognised the benefits of investing in apprenticeships to adapt and sustain their business. 

“Learning providers have worked hard and innovated to continue to support apprentices in training. 

The Scottish Apprenticeship Awards is the platform to acknowledge the resilience and hard work of apprentices and shine a spotlight on all those who champion apprenticeships. 

“New categories credit the contribution apprentices, and their employers can make to support the country’s commitment to tackling climate change.” 

Get involved

The Scottish Apprenticeship Awards finalist shortlist is available at apprenticeships.scot/awards.

Sign up for the event on 9 March.

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