Headteacher support for apprenticeships

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Brechin High School’s rector has given his full support to a new and exciting Angus Council apprenticeship scheme.

Mr Archie Bathgate has spoken of his delight at the proposals for the project which will now move to the next stage following a council committee meeting on June 10.

Angus County Press have already pledged their backing for the local authority initiative, which has been said could bring major social and economic benefits to Angus as well as being an important move to help young people get on the road to training and employment.

The proposed scheme was given the backing of Angus Council’s policy and resources committee last week after council officers reported to the committee all the potential benefits of going ahead with the scheme.

In a report that had gone before the committee the council’s chief executive and the directors of resources and planning and place said it was anticipated the scheme would provide meaningful training and long term career opportunities for young people and safeguard skills in the construction industry.

The proposal was that a shadow board formed to develop the framework and determine the feasibility of the scheme.

It was suggested this could be in place by August with a board of directors, comprising officers from Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), Angus councillors, the building industry and Dundee and Angus College.

Mr Bathgate said the council’s decision was welcomed by Brechin High School.

He said: “One of our aims is to have every pupil achieve a positive destination on leaving school.

“By this we mean a secure place in employment or higher or further education. In the current economic situation, with opportunities becoming more difficult to secure, this innovative thinking offers hope to both employers and potential employees alike.

“As a school we are always trying to build links with employers and local businesses and have organised a liaison event in August,” he said.

“Our intention is to share our plans for a new curriculum and to engage local businesses and employers as partners in dialogue about the skills required of our young people and how they can gain a better access to the world of work and higher education.

“A shared apprenticeships scheme raises the value placed on vocational training and enhances the work we are carrying out to improve the quality of education we can offer at Brechin High School.”

At the council’s policy and resources meeting it was agreed that councillors Paul Valentine and Margaret Thomson would be the local authorities representatives.