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10 March 2022

Youth Employment Minister meets with Advisory Board group of apprentices

As part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week, Jamie Hepburn MSP met with members of the Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board’s Apprentice Engagement Group.

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10 March 2022

Apprentices shine light on their world of work to help spread the word in schools

As part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week, a group of apprentices met Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) school co-ordinators from across Scotland, to highlight the benefits of the work-based learning by sharing their apprenticeship experiences.

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09 March 2022

#ScotAppWeek22 Blog: Stephen Finlayson, Penumbra Mental Health Head of Innovation and Improvement

A partnership between SDS and Penumbra Mental Health produced support materials to help employers, providers and their apprentices. Stephen Finlayson looks at why changes in ways of working and starting a new job are reasons to reinforce positive mental wellbeing in work-based learning.

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08 March 2022

Digital Economy Skills Action Plan (DESAP) Launched

A new report published by Skills Development Scotland highlights the importance of digital skills to improve productivity and growth in Scotland.

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08 March 2022

#ScotAppWeek22 #IWD2022 Blog: Paul Fagan, Head of Employability, West College Scotland

To mark International Women’s Day, Paul Fagan outlines the SDS funded project he is leading in partnership with others to STEM a leaky pipeline of female talent in apprenticeships.

08 March 2022

Apprenticeships are the future of the hospitality industry

Blog: Rohaise Rose-Bristow of the Torridon hotel shares her thoughts through her blog for Scottish Apprenticeship Week, on why apprenticeships are so crucial to Scotland’s hospitality sector.

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07 March 2022

#ScotAppWeek22 Blog: Theo Young, Business & Administration Modern Apprentice

SDS Modern Apprentice Theo shares how work-based learning is allowing him to contribute to equality in apprenticeships.

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07 March 2022

Delivering a quality workforce with apprenticeships

Apprentices are delivering a well-qualified workforce and addressing skills gaps in the NHS, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said at the launch of #ScotAppWeek22.

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07 March 2022

Business leaders back apprenticeships for economic recovery

Business leaders representing employers across Scotland see the value in investing in skills and apprenticeships to support economic recovery.

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24 February 2022

SDS achieves Top 100 Stonewall employer status

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) has received GOLD recognition from Stonewall for employer inclusivity by lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity Stonewall. For twenty years, the charity has been supporting employers to create welcoming workplaces for lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people.