6 May 2015

Supporting Apprentices

The week beginning 18th May 2015 sees the start of Scottish Apprenticeship Week. Hosted by Skills Development Scotland, last year saw over 150 events take place celebrating and showcasing the work apprentices do, and drawing publicity to Modern Apprenticeships.

Apprenticeships are key to government priorities being taken forward as a result of Scotland’s Young Workforce recommendations.

At sparqs, in collaboration with NUS Scotland, we are focusing on the apprentice learning experience by working with the apprentices, college staff and employers to develop a comprehensive approach to apprentice engagement.

Most apprentices spend time in college, but much of their actual learning is done on the job. We want to speak to apprentices to engage them with improving their learning. In partnership with colleagues in NUS Scotland, our task is to make sure this extends to the apprentice experience on site. For the employer, we see the output as being confident, articulate apprentices who are able to participate in quality review and enhancement. For us, our primary focus is making sure the apprentice experience is best in class.

Working alongside the National Society of Apprentices Scotland (NSoAS), sparqs is working on developing consultancy support to offer to employers and training providers.

For further information, please get in touch with Stephanie Millar or Phil McGuinness, sparqs Development Advisors: stephanie.millar@sparqs.ac.uk / phil.mcguinness@sparqs.ac.uk

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