Young people looking for a foot in the door of their first career or people looking for a move in a different job direction are being invited to attend a special event in Angus.
As part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week (which runs from Monday, March 6 to Friday, March 10) Modern Apprentices, supported by Angus Council, are holding a two-day event at the council HQ in Angus House, Forfar.
The apprentices will work together as a team to organise the event using business administration skills learned from their time with either Angus Council or local employers. For the event they have produced promotional material, contacted colleagues and staff and used their organisational and communication skills. All evidence generated from delivering the event will then be used and reflected within their qualification portfolio.
The apprentices will also be speaking to all visitors on the benefits of being a Modern Apprentice.
Angus Council’s business team has already worked with over 2,000 young people to help them achieve their Modern Apprenticeships. It is a partnership approach through the support of local employers, as well as departments within the council, that has enabled the programme to achieve this success.
Modern Apprenticeships help employers to develop their workforce by training new staff and up-skilling existing employees. For individuals, a MA is a job which lets them earn a wage and gain an industry-recognised qualification.
The Business Angus team works with young people who are looking for support to help them find their first employment opportunity. It can also assist employers through the recruitment process when they are investing in the skills of a young person through the programme.
Modern Apprenticeships are available in a wide range of vocational areas, both within the council and with a number of private sector employers.
Apprenticeships are mainly aimed at young people between 16 and 19, but anyone can become an apprentice.
Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2017 – from Monday 6 to Friday 10 March – celebrates the benefits that apprenticeships bring to businesses, individuals and the economy. This year, the aim is to raise awareness amongst young people who are about to leave school and make important career choices that will affect their future.
It also aims to inform local employers about the benefits and opportunities of employing a Modern Apprentice and explain what benefits they can bring to the business.
Modern Apprentice opportunities for the council can be advertised throughout the year and young people are urged to sign up for alerts.
If you are an Angus business interesting in finding out more about the Modern Apprenticeship programme, contact Christina Dakers of the Business Angus team on 01241 438158 or by email at DakersCF@angus.gov.uk .