The Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board (SAAB) was established following recommendations from the Commission for Developing Scotland's Young Workforce.

It is led by employers and representatives from industry bodies across a range of sectors and provides employer leadership and contribution to the development of apprenticeships in Scotland, ensuring they are aligned with:

  • Industry and Economic Need
  • Fair Work
  • Job Opportunities

The SAAB is responsible for providing advice and making recommendations on the guiding principles, operational policy, systems and structures supporting apprenticeships in Scotland.  

Skills Development Scotland works with the SAAB to ensure there is a demand-led, responsive and adaptive work-based learning system for employers and the Scottish economy.

SAAB Spotlight On Series

Head of Learning and Organisational Development at Scottish Water Chair of the SAAB Employer Engagement Group

I believe there is massive potential to grow the apprenticeship offer in Scotland. Moreover, I think that the timing is better now than it ever has been.

Read our full interview with Paul Campbell

Alison McGregor, CEO Scotland for HSBC Member of the SAAB Group Board.

SAAB brings key stakeholders together, employers, education and government to discuss and inform how we create pathways to work.

Read our full interview with Alison McGregor

Toby Peyton Jones, Director of HR at Siemens PlcMember of the SAAB Group Board.

SAAB is a great forum to share the employers’ voices and have them clearly heard, but heard in the context of the other stakeholders needed to make the whole system work.

Read our full interview with Toby Peyton Jones

Edel Harris, Chief Executive at CornerstoneMember of the SAAB Employer Engagement Group

Providing an opportunity for apprentices to discover all aspects of a job in social care and hopefully igniting a passion should lead to great things not just for the individual but for others whose lives they touch.

Read our full interview with Edel Harris

Frank Mitchell, CEO for SP Energy NetworksCo-chair of the SAAB Group Board

In the last 10 years we have recruited just under a 1,000 people into our business via apprenticeships. In doing so, I have observed first-hand, the high quality and great attitude of our younger generations. This is what I am most proud of.

Read our full interview with Frank Mitchell

Paul Campbell Head of Learning and Organisational Development at Scottish Water

Alison McGregor Alison McGregor, CEO Scotland for HSBC

Toby Peyton Jones Toby Peyton Jones, Director of HR at Siemens Plc

Edel Harris Edel Harris, Chief Executive at Cornerstone

Frank Mitchell Frank Mitchell, CEO for SP Energy Networks

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The SAAB is made up of five groups:

Group Board

The Board is responsible for providing advice and making recommendations on the guiding principles, operational policy, systems and structures supporting apprenticeships. Its members are senior business representatives.

Forthcoming meetings

2017/18

  • 20 March 2018 

2018/19

  • 02 August 2018
  • 07 March 2019

Employer Engagement Group

This group listens to and communicates with employers. It gathers insight on how to support and encourage employer participation in apprenticeships.

Forthcoming meetings

2017/18

  • 14 March 2018 

2018/19

  • 28 June 2018
  • 22 November 2019
  • 21 February 2019 

Apprentice Engagement Group

The Apprentice Engagement Group (AEG) is a sub-group of the SAAB Employer Engagement Group and members are current apprentices.

The group will be apprenticeship ambassadors to inspire the next generation of young people and employers to get involved in apprenticeships, as well as offer vital insight into the apprenticeship process.

Employer Equalities Group

The aim of this group is to address under-representation in apprenticeships, and support better access to and participation in apprenticeships.

Forthcoming meetings

2017/18

  • 23 February 2018 

2018/19

  • 15 May 2018 
  • 06 November 2018

 

Frameworks and Standards Group

This group oversees the development of apprenticeship frameworks and standards.

Forthcoming meetings

2018/19

  • 27 April 2018
  • 27 July 2018 
  • 30 November 2018
  • 29 March 2019

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