Tayside parents have the chance to find out about apprenticeships

the Jobs, Skills and Apprenticeships Fair taking place at the Caird Hall on Thursday, September 29.
the Jobs, Skills and Apprenticeships Fair taking place at the Caird Hall on Thursday, September 29.

Tayside parents can find out more about apprenticeships at a special event in Dundee.

National skills agency Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is working in partnership with Dundee City Council for the Jobs, Skills and Apprenticeships Fair taking place at the Caird Hall on Thursday, September 29.

The event includes demonstrations from local employers, such as Michelin, as well as presentations from apprentices who will share their experiences of work-based learning.

Pupils from across the region will be at the event during the day – with a special session for parents and carers to find out about apprenticeships from 5 to 6pm.

The session will help parents and carers support their child to make informed decisions about their future.

SDS head of operations North-east Gordon MacDougall said: “Apprenticeships allow individuals to earn a wage and gain industry-recognised qualifications, while supporting employers to develop a skilled workforce for the future.

“The Jobs, Skills and Apprenticeship Fair in Dundee will provide hands-on insight into what an apprenticeship could offer.

“There will be all the information and advice about apprenticeships that young people and parents need, both from apprentice employers and Skills Development Scotland.

“An apprenticeship is a great way to get ahead in your career, giving young people the chance to work, learn and earn to gain industry-recognised qualifications.”

There are more than 25,500 new modern apprenticeship opportunities across Scotland each year, with 80-plus different types available in hundreds of jobs.

From financial services and healthcare to construction and IT, each apprenticeship is developed by industry to suit their needs.

This means that apprentices can build valuable work experience from day-one and gain an accredited qualification which is recognised by industry.

Modern apprentices are enthusiastic about their achievements – Skills Development Scotland Modern Apprenticeships Outcomes Survey 2016 shows 94 per cent would recommend an apprenticeship to other people.

Apprenticeships provide an alternative route into the world of work, equipping young people with the skills they need to succeed.

New foundation apprenticeships mean young people can also now start a modern apprenticeship at school.

With a foundation apprenticeship pupils in S5 can complete elements of a modern apprenticeship alongside their other studies, such as Highers or Advanced Highers.

Foundation apprenticeships take two years to complete with pupils spending part of the week out of school, getting hands-on experience at college and with a local employer in their chosen industry.

With a foundation apprenticeship under their belt they leave school with an industry-recognised qualification, which is set at SCQF level 6 (the same level as a Higher).

While new graduate level apprenticeships provide work based learning opportunities up to Master’s degree level for employees.

Please visit the eventbrite page to secure your place at the parents information session.

To find out more about apprenticeships head to www.apprenticeships.scot.