All things apprenticeships during week-long event
As part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2022, from 7th-11th March, it was all things apprenticeships at DYW Moray, with employer meetings being hosted, activities taking place, and inspirational stories, videos and other information being shared, to show that apprenticeships work for people, employers and for Scotland as a whole.
DYW Moray’s Programme Manager, Sarah Barnes, and Business Liaison, Aimee Stephen, held one-to-one meetings across five days with over sixteen employers from the Moray area, discussing apprenticeships, funding, the support that could be offered by DYW Moray, and more. Each of the employers that had a meeting with either Sarah or Aimee at the Elgin Youth Café were from different sectors, including from hospitality and tourism, childcare, engineering, construction, and others, and were all looking to recruit at least one apprentice in the future.
Throughout the week, a number of different items, including inspirational stories from Moray's young people and employers, videos, and information, about apprenticeships featured across social media. Part of this included items from a focussed Foundation Apprenticeship campaign, which had been running since the beginning of the year, providing information and answers about the course to Moray's young people, parents/guardians, and employers. DYW Moray’s digital activities were overseen by Phillip Wood and Emma Milton, the group’s Modern Apprentices, who also shared their own apprentice stories.
Apprenticeship activities, including promoting career pathways, display boards, and live online presentations from employers, arranged by DYW Moray’s School Coordinators also took place in schools across the region.
Foundation Apprentice Coordinator at Moray College UHI, Cindy Gee, also shared her thoughts in a blog on why Foundation Apprenticeships are a great choice for young people during their senior phase of secondary school.
During the week, a story was also told about two local 17-year-old female apprentice engineers who are using modern 3D printing technology to preserve a unique part of Scottish manufacturing heritage at one of Moray's luxury textile manufacturers, Johnstons of Elgin, and through Moray College UHI.
In the apprenticeship family, there are three different types of apprenticeships – Foundation Apprenticeships, Modern Apprenticeships and Graduate Apprenticeships. Foundation Apprenticeships allow young people in fifth or sixth year to get real-world work experience while they study their school subjects. With Modern Apprenticeships, people can get a job, get paid and get qualified. Graduate Apprenticeships enable people to work while studying towards a degree.
Across Scotland, this year's Scottish Apprenticeship Week saw a range of exciting activities and events take place and apprentices, employers, and education providers, among others, pulled together to make it a success.
Scottish Apprenticeship Week will return in 2023, from 6th-10th March.