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Young People Discover Benefits of Apprenticeships at Inclusive Event

20 April 2018 

Young people from across Glasgow and the West gathered at Glasgow's City Chambers this week to find out more about apprenticeship and volunteering opportunities in the region.

The Scottish Apprenticeships, Careers and Volunteering Event, hosted by BEMIS Scotland and supported by Skills Development Scotland (SDS), took place in Glasgow on Monday (16 April).

More than 40 different employers and training providers met with local young people - both school leavers and pupils - to discuss opportunities they have to offer and promote their inclusive practices.

Big-name employers including Scottish Water, Channel 4, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Police Scotland and the British Army were in attendance with information on their apprenticeship, employment and training opportunities.

Attendees also met with advisers from Skills Development Scotland to get more information of different career pathways and options.

Karen Murray, SDS Head of National Training Programmes Development said: "The Scottish Apprenticeships, Career and Volunteering Event played an important role in providing inspiration for young people across the region.

"Apprenticeships offer people the chance to work, learn and earn with some fantastic employers - there's never been a better time to get involved with work-based learning."

Apprenticeships offer people the chance to work, learn and earn with some fantastic employers - there's never been a better time to get involved with work-based learning.

Karen Murray, Skills Development Scotland

Inclusion was a central theme to the day, and Ann McInnes, Project Coordinator of the Modern Apprenticeships for All programme at BEMIS Scotland, said that partnership working and commitment from employers is central to ensuring equal and inclusive employment opportunities for young people from ethnic minority backgrounds.

She said: "Working in partnership has always been a strategic choice for BEMIS, and we continue to progress this context of work both purposefully and operationally at various levels. This has enabled us and stakeholders alike to share, collaborate and facilitate concrete and dynamic programmes in support of advancing race equality, and in progressing our inclusive national identity and equal opportunities."

Earlier this year, SDS published a new equalities guide for employers to encourage more inclusive recruitment of apprentices.

The guide can be downloaded at www.apprenticeships.scot.

Source - Skils Development Scotland Website

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