Skills Development Scotland

Since we first started Scottish Apprenticeship Week in 2010 – it has really taken off with national skills agency ‘Skills Development Scotland’ taking it over and providing national leadership. There are a whole series of events in each local authority area. You can find out what Scottish Apprenticeship Week events are on in your area using the links below. But make sure you don’t miss out on what’s on elsewhere. Many of the best Apprenticeships in Scotland from some of the UK’s leading employers are not part of the Scottish Government’s Modern Apprenticeship Scheme. You’ll always find the best of the rest on Apprenticeships in Scotland. Sign up to Apprenticeships in Scotland.

What’s on where?

Scottish Apprenticeships Week 2017 in Aberdeen
Scottish Apprenticeships Week 2017 in Aberdeenshire
Scottish Apprenticeships Week 2017 in Angus
Scottish Apprenticeships Week 2017 in Argyll and Bute
Scottish Apprenticeships Week 2017 in Clackmannanshire
Scottish Apprenticeships Week 2017 in Dumfries and Galloway
Scottish Apprenticeships Week 2017 in Dundee
Scottish Apprenticeships Week 2017 in East Ayrshire
Scottish Apprenticeships Week 2017 in East Dunbartonshire
Scottish Apprenticeships Week 2017 in East Lothian
Scottish Apprenticeships Week 2017 in East Renfrewshire
Scottish Apprenticeships Week 2017 in Edinburgh
Scottish Apprenticeships Week 2017 in Falkirk
Scottish Apprenticeships Week 2017 in Fife
Scottish Apprenticeships Week 2017 in Glasgow
Scottish Apprenticeships Week 2017 in Highland
Scottish Apprenticeships Week 2017 in Inverclyde
Scottish Apprenticeships Week 2017 in Midlothian
Scottish Apprenticeships Week 2017 in Moray
Scottish Apprenticeships Week 2017 in North Ayrshire
Scottish Apprenticeships Week 2017 in North Lanarkshire
Scottish Apprenticeships Week 2017 in Orkney
Scottish Apprenticeships Week 2017 in Outer Hebrides

Scottish Apprenticeships Week 2017 in Perth & Kinross
Scottish Apprenticeships Week 2017 in Renfrewshire
Scottish Apprenticeships Week 2017 in Scottish Borders
Scottish Apprenticeships Week 2017 in Shetland
Scottish Apprenticeships Week 2017 in South Ayrshire
Scottish Apprenticeships Week 2017 in South Lanarkshire
Scottish Apprenticeships Week 2017 in Stirling
Scottish Apprenticeships Week 2017 in West Dunbartonshire
Scottish Apprenticeships Week 2017 in West Lothian

 

From mid-March to the end of May, SQA will welcome applications from candidates for its 2016 Modern Apprentice positions.During this time, the organisation will hold an open event at its Lowden office near Dalkeith to pupils who are due to leave school this year.

Meanwhile a similar drive will continue in Glasgow; with SQA also attending the Glasgow Guarantee recruitment fair on 07 March.

As part of the recruitment activity, SQA has also produced a short film featuring current Modern Apprentices talking about what they enjoy most about working and training with SQA.

Sean Gartland was SQA’s first Modern Apprentice to have been offered a permanent position after completing his training.  Sean now works as a Customer Service Operator within SQA’s Business Development and Customer Service Team.

Sean said: “I was told about SQA’s Modern Apprenticeship scheme by my careers advisor at school.  I thought it sounded like an interesting opportunity, and when I was told that I would be able to study for an HNC at college and towards a SVQ while I was working, I knew it was something I wanted to do.”

Sean continued: “It’s been a really interesting couple of years.  I worked across a number of departments during my training, but now I’m back in the Customer Service Team, dealing with enquiries and helping our customers, which is the part of the job I really enjoy.”

For more information about Modern Apprenticeships at SQA and how to apply for them, visit www.sqa.org.uk/pathways.

Scottish Apprenticeship Week runs from Monday 29 February to Friday 04 March. For more information, visit www.scottishapprenticeshipweek.com.

Apprenticeships in Scotland, a leading Scottish independent youth vacancy handling service, to be showcased as a success story in China. 

The European Commission recently featured Apprenticeships in Scotland as a case study example of a successful project linked with apprenticeships in the European Union. The case study featured in their policy advice publication on the European Alliance for Apprenticeships entitled ‘Good for Youth, Good for Business’.

This publication focuses on the European Alliance for Apprenticeships launched in 2013 and addresses the challenges and possible answers of how to strengthen the quality, supply and image of apprenticeships across Europe. This is also in line with the new set of medium-term deliverables agreed at European level in the field of Vocation Education and Training for the period 2015-2020.

Following its release in July 2015, it has been announced that the publication will now be translated into Chinese to enable the Chinese Authorities to promote the European Alliance for Apprenticeships outside of Europe. This will significantly widen the reach of apprenticeships in the EU and indeed the success of Apprenticeships in Scotland.

Shannen Scott, Head of Operations at Apprenticeships in Scotland is central to the case study. It tracks her journey from college, to her apprenticeship in Business and Enterprise, to becoming head of the flourishing social enterprise.

Shannen was the first person in the UK to successfully complete an apprenticeship in Business and Enterprise and received her certificate at the European Parliament in Brussels in 2014. Since then, a further 20 young people in Fife have completed the qualification as part of Fife Council’s Culture of Enterprise initiative.

Speaking about the announcement, Shannen said:

“It is fantastic that Apprenticeships in Scotland has been featured in a European-wide policy publication. It highlights the work we do to support young people in Scotland and also the advancement in the youth labour market throughout Scotland in general.

“Apprenticeships in Scotland has gone from strength-to-strength since launching in 2009. Operating as a social enterprise, the website helps around 5000 young scots get their foot on the employment ladder each year.

“We support employers and training providers with bespoke recruitment campaigns as well as brand awareness for their apprenticeship schemes.”

To celebrate Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2016, Apprenticeships in Scotland have launched a new service, the ‘APlayer’, sponsored by the Scottish Qualifications Authority and Royal Bank of Scotland. The APlayer is a video channel specifically dedicated to apprenticeship related video content, from all sectors.

The APlayer has launched with more than 50 apprenticeship related videos from a variety of employers and training providers across Scotland including SQA, RBS, QA, GSK, SSE, Sky, Deloitte and Superdrug. The purpose of the video channel is to provide young people with an easily accessible resource of information on the different apprenticeship opportunities there are throughout the country.

Commenting on being a main sponsor of the APlayer launch, Dr Janet Brown, SQA Chief Executive said:

“SQA is delighted to be supporting Apprenticeships in Scotland, particularly during Scottish Modern Apprenticeship Week. SQA is proud to be at the heart of the education and skills system in Scotland and is committed to play its part in supporting and encouraging young people through their journey from school into training, further and higher education or into employment.

“As a national employer, we are determined to ensure that young people across our local communities have the opportunity to reach their own individual goals, either through our qualifications or by coming to work with us as Modern Apprentices.”

To view the APlayer, please visit www.apprenticeshipsinscotland.com/aplayer.