The Scottish Government acknowledges that an enthusiastic and trained workforce underpins Scotland's ambition for economic success. Modern Apprenticeships support this goal by providing individuals with the opportunity to secure industry recognised qualifications while earning a wage. Employers benefit from a skilled and productive workforce, and from financial assistance for training through Skills Development Scotland. Modern Apprentices can be new team members or existing employees seeking to increase their capability. Skills Development Scotland contracts with a variety of providers to ensure employer’s needs are being met across Scotland.
West College Scotland is a significant Modern Apprenticeship provider working with a wide range of employers in various sectors. The main areas of activity cover: Automotive, Administration, Creative and Cultural Skills, Hospitality and Tourism, Management, ICT, Customer Service, Hairdressing, Health and Social Care, Dental Nursing, Life Sciences and Engineering.
In principle Modern Apprenticeships (MAs) give anyone over the age of 16 the opportunity to work in a paid job while undertaking workplace training and study, with a view to them gaining new skills and recognised qualifications. MAs are available within a range of business sectors and developed through Sector Skills Councils in consultation with industry. This ensures that training reflects the needs of employers. The MA programme covers apprenticeship training costs, supporting candidates to develop their skills while achieving an industry-recognised vocational qualification.
West College Scotland is currently working with a number of employers to meet their requirements for apprenticeship training including The Scottish Leather Group, BAE, Dales Marine, West Dunbartonshire Council, North Lanarkshire Council, Quarriers, Inverclyde Council etc.
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