Celebrating apprentices

Bethany Stuart-Bass from AJ Engineering will speak at the showcase event

Apprentices from across the region are to be showcased in an event being held to celebrate Scottish Apprenticeship Week.

And businesses will also be given the opportunity to present what opportunities are available and why apprentices are so important to them.

DYW Moray, working with Skills Development Scotland, is embracing the week which is held annually to highlight the commitment of businesses who have decided to invest in the skills of their workforce and to acknowledge the apprentices who have chosen work-based learning to develop their careers.

The week runs from March 4 to 8 and as well as the Moray Apprentice Showcase on March 6 at the Mansfield Hotel in Elgin, DYW Moray will also run a social media campaign sharing case studies on a number of the region’s apprentices whilst a business breakfast will be held focusing on graduate apprentices.

Sarah Baxter, manager for DYW Moray which is government funded organisation aiming to bring young people, educators and workforces together said he was thrilled with the commitment from those who are attending the events.

“We had a huge response from the employers and their apprentices wanting to be part of our events which just goes to show how positively the many apprenticeships throughout Moray are being received.

“The showcase event which is open to the public is there to celebrate the commitment of the workplaces who have taken apprentices on, but also that of the apprentices who have made that step to balance working life with learning.”

She added: “We will also be promoting the ‘apprentice family’ which include foundation, modern, and graduate apprenticeships via our social media channels. These will take the form of case studies from apprentices who are working in a wide range of sectors throughout the region. Whilst the business breakfast will focus of graduate apprentices which are a relatively new addition.”

Bethany Stuart-Bass who works with Forres-based AJ Engineering and is doing an apprenticeship in fabrication/welding will be speaking at the showcase event.

She said: “I am very much looking forward to speaking about my apprenticeship journey with AJ Engineering. I have been with the company now for two years and it has been such a great experience. The company is fully supportive of my role and getting paid to do something I love, what more could I want. I am hoping that my story will inspire others to consider an apprenticeship.”

Nina Crocombe from Skills Development Scotland added: “At SDS our aim is to support young people develop skills and undertake their journeys into the work of work.  The pathways in the apprenticeship family provide unique opportunities for young people to develop sets of skills and gain experiences not taught in the classroom.  It is always a pleasure to celebrate and recognise the achievement of young people see the great progress they have made, which is what this event is all about.”

The event is open to the public and tickets can be found via Eventbrite on https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/moray-apprentice-showcase-2019-for-parents-tickets-55353860888?aff=ehomecard