We're sharing stories of apprentices working in a range of roles across the council to celebrate Scottish Apprenticeship Week (4-8th March 2019).

We’re celebrating the different types of apprenticeships on offer and
recognising the contribution
that apprentices make

From electricians and painters to business administrators and young people working towards qualifications at schools, there’s a range of local faces sharing their experiences of apprenticeships.

  • Christie Brogan and Brandon Archibald, third year apprentice electricians within our Property Maintenance service
  • Cameron Shaw, who is undertaking a Modern Apprenticeship within East Lothian Works, the county’s employability and business service
  • Ross McIntyre, a third year apprentice painter and decorator within Property Maintenance
  • Ross High School S5 pupils Hannah, Jodie and Nicole who are studying for a Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services, Children and Young People.

Cabinet member for Education Councillor Shamin Akhtar said: “Traditionally an apprenticeship was seen as a route into a trade yet modern apprenticeships, as well as Foundation Apprenticeships in schools, have broadened the opportunities and career sectors. All of the apprentices have highlighted the benefits that come from combining work and study and, in the case of our trade and modern apprentices, the fact that they are earning at the same time.

“We know that our capital programme also offers apprenticeship opportunities. Morrison Construction, for example, supported 13 apprenticeships on the construction of Wallyford Primary School and we know that this is something that occurs across sites that we are developing.

“It’s great that we’re celebrating all of the different types of apprenticeships on offer and recognising the contribution they make to the council’s work in East Lothian.”  

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Scottish Apprenticeship Week is an annual campaign co-ordinated by Skills Development Scotland to highlight the commitment of businesses who have decided to invest in the skills of their workforce.

Published: Thursday, 28th February 2019