Growing business through improving skills

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Employers across Tayside are being invited to a free event to hear how improving the skills of their workforce through work based learning can help growth and innovation.

Entitled Making Skills Work for Employers, the morning event is taking place at Carnoustie Golf Hotel and Spa tomorrow (Tuesday, October 4).

Hosted by Skills Development Scotland (SDS), it will offer businesses of all sizes the chance to speak to experts about the benefits of taking on apprentices and to hear about the latest developments in the range of apprenticeships available

Roddy Innes, Employer Engagement Adviser at SDS, is urging businesses keen on recruitment and workforce development to attend.

He said: “There is a great deal of evidence showing that work based learning offers real and sustained benefits for businesses of all sizes.

“Apprenticeships are aligned to the needs of employers, there’s support with training and employers can attract motivated young people looking for a good start to their careers.

“Europe’s highest-performing economies have strong systems of work based learning which contributes to low unemployment, fewer skills shortages and high economic growth.

“With the continued increase in Modern Apprenticeships now being complemented by Foundation Apprenticeships and Graduate Level Apprenticeships, it’s the ideal time for employers to learn more about how this can benefit their business.”

SDS currently supports businesses in employing more than 25,000 new Modern Apprentices each year, offering valuable on-the-job experience from day one and an accredited qualification.

Employers across Scotland are now involved in delivering Foundation Apprenticeships, which sees senior school students completing elements of an apprenticeship while still in the classroom and earning an industry-recognised qualification.

New Graduate Level Apprenticeships are also offering advanced work-based learning opportunities up to Master’s degree level for employees.

Among those to benefit from apprenticeships is Arbroath mechanic Nicole Allardyce who works for car maintenance firm McConechy’s.

She said: “I’ve always wanted to work in a garage. It all started off when I was at school and I got the taste for it.

“There’s no one thing I like best, I love it all the same.”

Her manager Neil Anderson said she has worked hard and is now a highly valued mechanic and member of their team.

He added: “Nicole is keen and gets on with everybody in the garage. She always brings a real enthusiasm into work with her.”

The event is one of a series of Making Skills Work for Employers events being hosted by SDS over the autumn.

More information is available on our dedicated web serviceapprenticeships.scot

It takes place at Carnoustie Golf Hotel and Spa, Links Parade, Carnoustie, DD7 7JE, from 10am to 12noon. Employers can reserve their free place at mswewblangus.eventbrite.co.uk