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Scotland's Modern Apprenticeship Awards 2015

21 May 2015

  • SDS press release
  • Modern Apprenticeships

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 apprenticeships."

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, and a deadline of noon on Wednesday 19 August.




David Moroney

External Communications - Modern Apprenticeships

Tel: 0141 285 6004