Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2023 Scott Burnside

Scott Burnside the SECTT Training Officer met with Finlay Carson MSP on a visit to SVM Port Services at Cairnryan.

Jay Gallacher apprentice electrician said “I enjoy my apprenticeship as I learn new things everyday.  Also at SVM I get two sides of electrical work, such as PIC work and working in houses.”

Marco Sandford apprentice electrician said “I enjoy my apprenticeship as I gain new skills and knowledge through my tradesman and other work colleagues.  I also learn within my college course.  I enjoy working in houses doing rewires or new builds.”

Russell Miller the apprentices Tradesman said “Apprentices are important to the company for us to pass on experience and skill set to the next generation.  It is also important for us to try and generate employment in the area.  The apprentices are progressing well at the college.”

Finlay Carson MSP said “Apprentices are a vital part of businesses succession planning.  An opportunity for school leavers who want practical and theoretical training.  Apprenticeships are even more important in rural areas where travel to college can be an issue.”

Frank Mitchell the Chair of Skills Development Scotland said “Designed by industry, for industry, apprenticeships not only help the economy but also create sustainable jobs across all parts of Scotland.

These opportunities have been taken by individuals from across society, including many young people traditionally with restricted opportunities to progress who have gone onto flourish in the workplace.

“These are real jobs backed by employers who contribute £10 for every £1 spent by government, and at the same time apprentices contribute by paying their taxes.

 “Creating a diverse and inclusive workforce through work-based learning is benefiting employers as apprentices enable them to adapt and sustain their business.”

Date Published

20th Feb 2024

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