21 May 2015
Employers across the country are being urged to help find
Scotland's top apprentice.
Skills Development Scotland (SDS) has launched the search for
Scotland's Modern Apprentice of the Year.
More than 25,000 people start Modern Apprenticeships each year
but only one will be named the top apprentice in the country.
SDS Depute Director of Corporate Affairs Kirsteen Campbell said:
"From Shetland to the Borders, employers and young people are
benefiting from apprenticeships.
"Scotland's Modern Apprenticeship Awards are an opportunity to
recognise the efforts of apprentices, and the commitment of
employers who are investing in their workforce.
"We want to hear from all kinds of businesses - from family
firms to global employers - as we celebrate the positive role of
Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training Rosanna
Cunningham, met Scottish Power apprentices to get this year's
search under way.
Ms Cunningham said: "This year's Scottish Apprenticeship Week
has been an enormous success with dozens of events the length and
breadth of the country involving hundreds of employers.
"As we move towards creating 30,000 opportunities by 2020 it is
more important than ever to keep Modern Apprentices and the
benefits they bring to both employers and individuals in the
spotlight and the launch of Scotland's Modern Apprentice of the
Year is another important milestone.
"I would urge employers that have Modern Apprentices in their
workforce to consider how their contribution could be recognised as
part of these awards, and raise awareness of how apprenticeships
could help grow the Scottish economy."
Last year Scottish Power was named Macro Modern Apprentice
employer of the year for firms with more than 5000 employees.
ScottishPower HR director, Hamish Watson said: "It's encouraging
to see more and more young people considering apprenticeships as a
viable career option.
"Within our networks business around 50 per cent of our
workforce will retire over the next 10 years, so supporting
technical training programmes like our apprenticeships will help
secure our future workforce."
The search for Scotland's next top apprentice was launched
during Scottish Apprenticeship Week.
The week has seen around 200 events take place across the
country celebrating apprenticeships.
Scotland's Modern Apprentice of the Year will be named at an
awards ceremony at Edinburgh's Assembly Rooms in November.
There are nine categories including Apprentice of the Year,
Apprentice Ambassador of the Year, Level 2, 3 and higher
Apprentices of the Year and awards for micro, SME, large, macro and
public sector employers.
Entries are open now, with full details on www.scotlandsmaawards.com,
and a deadline of noon on Wednesday 19 August.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
External Communications - Modern Apprenticeships
Tel: 0141 285 6004