New scheme paves the way for apprenticeships
A new apprenticeship scheme has been launched to help more young people break into the construction industry.
As the first scheme of its kind in Scotland, the Angus Shared Apprentice Programme (ASAP) allows construction apprentices to complete a full apprenticeship programme by working with a number of different employers.
ASAP is a collaborative company delivered by Angus Council, Dundee and Angus College, Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), local employers and is supported by Skills Development Scotland (SDS). It gives more companies the opportunity to offer apprenticeship places by sharing the apprentice with other employers.
Speaking at the launch, ASAP chairperson Cllr Paul Valentine, said: “The Angus Shared Apprentice Programme has been set up in response to demand. Our new approach to learning and training for our young people in Angus will assist economic activity, improved skill levels, increase job satisfaction and employment.
“The programme also aims to address the challenges faced by the construction sector at this time whereby they cannot guarantee four-year apprenticeships due to the fragile nature of construction work and shorter contracts.
“This new approach enables more small companies to offer apprentice places by making the process easier. Employers will be able to share delivery of a full apprentice programme with a number of employers, and won’t have to make the full financial commitment that is usually necessary when an apprentice is taken on over a four-year period.”
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