Scottish Children's Services Coalition letter to the media marking Scottish Apprenticeship Week:
This week marks Scottish Apprenticeship Week (7th-11th March), a fantastic opportunity to shine a light on the vital role apprenticeships play in supporting people, employers and the economy.
It serves to celebrate the opportunities Modern Apprenticeships offer everyone, no matter their background and for every business no matter its size or sector.
The rewards of getting young people who are disabled or care experienced into work are well worth it. They bring passion, skills, dedication and drive to the workplace.
Recruiting a Modern Apprentice enables employers to fill the skills gaps that exist within their current workforce, as apprentices begin to learn sector-specific skills from day one, developing specialist knowledge that will positively affect the bottom line.
However, as always, we can do more and support for businesses and other employers is key as it is they who clearly make the vital difference.
As we mark Scottish Apprenticeship Week, we would urge Scotland’s employers to look beyond the label and take on a Modern Apprentice who may have an additional need, taking advantage of the excellent skills offered by many of these young people.