New drive of­fers em­ploy­ers sup­port with work-based learn­ing

The Oban Times - - Recruitment / Public Notices -

A DRIVE to help more em­ploy­ers ben­e­fit from work- based learn­ing is un­der­way.

Skills Devel­op­ment Scot­land (SDS) is con­tact­ing more than 200 com­pa­nies as part of a cam­paign to sup­port em­ploy­ers to make the most of ap­pren­tice­ships.

Head of em­ployer ser­vices at SDS Mar­ion Beat­tie said: ‘ Hav­ing lis­tened to em­ploy­ers, a re­cur­ring mes­sage is that more em­pha­sis on work- based learn­ing will sup­port skills an in­no­va­tive, in­clu­sive and grow­ing econ­omy.

‘Ap­pren­tice­ships are the key prod­uct sup­port­ing work- based learn­ing, en­abling peo­ple to earn a wage and gain in­dus­try- recog­nised qual­i­fi­ca­tions.’

Grow­ing fam­ily

Al­ready, more than 15,000 em­ploy­ers sup­port more than 25,000 new ap­pren­tice­ship places each year. How­ever, the ap­pren­tice­ship fam­ily in Scot­land is grow­ing.

SDS is com­mit­ted to work- based learn­ing and sup­port­ing Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment in­creased tar­gets for mod­ern ap­pren­tice­ships from 25,000 each year to 30,000 each year by 2020.

New foun­da­tion ap­pren­tice­ships al­low pupils to com­plete el­e­ments of an ap­pren­tice­ship while still at school.

And grad­u­ate level ap­pren­tice­ships pro­vide work- based learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for em­ploy­ees up to Masters- level.

On­go­ing sup­port

To en­sure em­ploy­ers ben­e­fit fully from the range of skills devel­op­ment and ap­pren­tice­ships avail­able, SDS’s em­ployer en­gage­ment team is con­tact­ing more than 200 com­pa­nies.

Mar­ion said: ‘ Dur­ing the com­ing weeks and months, SDS col­leagues will of­fer help to compa- nies to en­sure they are what we are call­ing “work- based learn­ing ready”.

‘Sup­port will be pro­vided on an on­go­ing ba­sis and of­fered to fur­ther com­pa­nies fol­low­ing the ini­tial 200.

‘ The ini­tial 200 rep­re­sent a range of com­pa­nies in terms of sec­tors and ge­o­graphic lo­ca­tions across Scot­land, who will all be sig­nif­i­cantly im­pacted by the ap­pren­tice­ship levy.

‘How­ever, the evolv­ing de­mands of em­ploy­ers, the ris­ing ex­pec­ta­tions of young peo­ple and the in­tro­duc­tion of the ap­pren­tice­ship levy makes this a key time to sup­port em­ploy­ers through the chang­ing work- based learn­ing land­scape.’

You can find out more about ap­pren­tice­ships at www. ap­pren­tice­ships. scot

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