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Apprenticeship in Enterprise – How Learning Through Work Benefits Young People

Posted by | 17th November 2015 | Apprenticeship News, Uncategorized

Scotland’s first Enterprise Apprentices and Fife’s future business stars graduated on Tuesday 10 November at the Dean Park Hotel, Kirkcaldy, Fife.

The 17 young Fifers are leading the way as the country’s first Apprentices in Enterprise, who have been working in companies across Fife while studying towards an NVQ in Enterprising skills in a business environment.

Apprenticeships in Enterprise offer young people the chance to develop new products or services, or help an existing business grow, as well as build their enterprise skills and gain a recognised qualification.

The project is being delivered in partnership between Fife Council, Fife secondary schools and businesses, as well as Career Studio (Scotland) Ltd, which is providing trainers/ assessors.

Graduate Jake Meakins, was employed by Apprenticeships in Scotland to run their social media strand and account manage their candidate attraction services. Commenting on how learning through work has benefited him, Jake said:

 “Learning through work has helped me achieve things I never thought I would achieve. The Apprenticeship in Enterprise has given me the foundation to start a promising career with Apprenticeships in Scotland, helping other young people gain employment.”

Shannen Scott, Head of Operations at Apprenticeships in Scotland said:

“It has been very inspiring hearing directly from the young people themselves on the impact the apprenticeship has had.  Watching the AiE short film has captured the energy of the pilot and will hopefully encourage more demand.

“Having Jake on our team has not only helped him grow, but has helped us grow as a business. It has been exceptionally beneficial for us to have had an Enterprise Apprentice join our team”

During a pilot version of this project in 2013, the first four students in Scotland all gained employment after graduating. This success led to the project being extended, and it is anticipated that the Apprenticeships in Enterprise programme will roll-out across Scotland.

A short questionnaire has been prepared to inform Skills CFA consultation on the development of a Modern Apprenticeship in Business Enterprise in Scotland. They are seeking views on the development of a dedicated framework and I would be most grateful if you could take a moment to complete the survey if you felt able to do so.

The survey should only take a few moments


Original Press Release by Fife Council

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