20 May 2013
The search is on for Scotland's top Modern Apprentice (MA) as
the Minister for Youth Employment today opened nominations for the
Angela Constance announced that Scotland's Modern
Apprenticeship Awards, delivered by SDS, will have a new look
when they take place this November.
The announcement came as the Minister visited East Kilbride Group
Training Association (EKGTA) as part of Scottish Apprenticeship
Ms Constance said: "Scottish Apprenticeship Week is a chance to
celebrate Scotland's brightest and best on a programme which
produces motivated individuals and helps employers to develop a
"Alongside the Scottish Government's unique guarantee of a place
in education or training for 16 to 19-year-olds and a range of
other activities, we are committed to at least 25,000 Modern
Apprentices every year as a means of supporting young people in
"A Modern Apprenticeship provides people with not only a job but
also a qualification at the end, as well as new skills and a vast
range of workplace experience.
"These awards provide an opportunity to reward those who have
made the programme such a success. The Awards ceremony is always
inspiring over a night packed with the inspirational stories of
nominees dedicated to the MA programme."
During her visit to the training provider, Ms Constance met with a
group of MAs to discuss their experience of the programme and took
part in work-shadowing.
A number of new award categories have been created including
Champion of the Year along with Apprentice of the Year awards for
each available level of MA and awards for employers ranging from
micro to public sector.
The announcement was made at one of more than 90 events taking
place across Scotland this week to raise awareness of MAs and the
25,000 places the Scottish Government has pledged to support in
each year of the current parliament.
Last year's top apprentice was 22-year-old Robert Tosh, who was
made lead engineer last year at BAE Systems Maritime Naval
Robert has rapidly advanced in his training and, in 2012, he
became the first MA to achieve a General Operators certification in
the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System.
He said: "Being named Scotland's Modern Apprentice of the Year
meant a great deal to me. I have put in a tremendous amount of hard
work and built up four years of skills and invaluable experience.
To have that work and the people behind me recognised for it at the
end, is something truly remarkable.
"I would say to all young adults in Scotland who are thinking of
taking up an apprenticeship to go for it, give their all to their
development and they will be successful.
"All we want as both individuals and employers is to further
develop our skills and knowledge so we can achieve our full
potential. A Modern Apprenticeship is the perfect way to do
Angela McIntyre, Venue Manager of Easterbrook Hall - named last
year's Medium-sized Employer of the Year - said: "The award was
powerful recognition for the work my team and I have contributed to
the development of the Modern Apprenticeship programme here at
"Our achievement being recognised on a national scale has been
testament to the commitment and dedication of the team.
"Winning the award has motivated us to continue to develop the
programme and, of course, to aim for further recognition."
Notes to editors
The closing date for receipt of all completed applications is
noon, Thursday, 22 August and the finalists will be announced on
Thursday, 19 September, 2013.
For more information and a link to the online entry form, visit
The event will take place on Wednesday, 13 November and the venue
will be announced at a later date.
More information on Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2013 can be found
Employers have their training costs partly met by SDS and are able
to have a training provider on hand to assist if required.
A range of different occupational frameworks are available - from
wind turbine technician to business administration.
All Modern Apprentices in Scotland must be employed to be eligible
for a publicly-funded contribution to their training costs.
For information, interview and images contact:
Tel: 0141 285 6131