Employers can Build Their Business on Apprenticeships
24 April 2018
Employers from across Scotland heard how new types of
apprenticeships can boost their business.
Skills Development Scotland (SDS) works with employers and
industry to support the development of work-based learning in
Scottish Government has targets for 30,000 new employed
apprentice starts each year, including Modern and Graduate
Foundation Apprenticeships for school pupils to choose alongside
other subjects such as Highers are also set to rise to 5000 places
by the end of 2019.
Employers from across Scotland gathered at the Future Skills and
The event was held at Scottish Power's Glasgow HQ, where
attendees heard from other businesses as well as Foundation, Modern
and Graduate Apprentices.
They found out about how apprenticeships can be placed at the
centre of workforce development.
Frank Mitchell, SP Energy Networks Chief Executive, shared some
of the challenges work-based learning is helping to address such as
an aging workforce; diversity and demand for skilled people.
Apprenticeships were also held up as a way of improving staff
retention and loyalty.
Scottish Water's Head of Learning and Organisational
Development, Paul Campbell, started his career as an
He said that apprenticeships are 'at the core' of Scottish
Water's workforce development planning.
The firm employs Modern and Graduate Apprentices, also supports
school pupils taking Foundation Apprenticeships as one of their
Paul said other employers should 'get in and do it' when
considering getting involved in work-based learning.
He urged companies to make the most of the support from SDS.
SDS senior director Neville Prentice said that the building
blocks are there in Scotland to support businesses and to continue
to develop a work-based learning system that works for them.
CGI's Maggie Morrison, who is also a member of the Scottish
Apprenticeship Advisory Board, chaired the event.
Maggie said that CGI support work-based learning through
Foundation, Modern and Graduate Apprenticeships.
The event was organised by Skills Development Scotland and the
Centre for Work-Based Learning.
The development of apprenticeships learning in Scotland has
drawn on evidence from European countries where high levels of
work-based learning are aligned to lower levels of youth
unemployment and more productive economies.
Attendees also heard from Dr. Wolf Bonsiep, Vice President,
vocational training and qualification at Bosch Stuttgart-Feuerbach
and mechatronics apprentice Maike Lange.
They shared insight into the German 'dual system' linking
work-based and academic learning.