Could an apprenticeship be the right move for you?

The Press and Journal has launched the Press and Journal Skills & Apprenticeships Show 2016 in association with Skills Development Scotland for the second year, following on from the success of last year’s event.


Along with Skills Development Scotland, the event’s title sponsor, both Highland Council and Inverness College are supporting sponsors for the biggest skills show in the Highlands, which will take place at Inverness College Campus on Wednesday, November 23.


The exhibition will be open from 10am till 7pm with people available across a wide sector of industries, ready to give advice on how you can make an exciting new career a reality.


There will also be a Spotlight Speaker Stage which will host real people talking about their jobs and apprentices sharing their experience.


Apprenticeships could be the way forward for hundreds of young people who want to get a job, get paid and get qualified all at the same time.





When former Fortrose Academy pupil Katy Mackay was made redundant at 18, she wasn’t sure what her future would hold.


But thanks to a Modern Apprenticeship in Business and Administration with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), she hasn’t looked back.


Katy, who lives in Inverness, said: “Getting a job with an apprenticeship was a sort of spur of the moment thing when I saw it advertised online.


“I didn’t realise then just how viable an option it really was.”


During her apprenticeship, Katy had lots to do and took on some serious responsibilities.


These included organising important meetings, updating records and files, formulating agendas and booking travel for colleagues.


Katy said learning on the job was something that suited her learning style and she feels her apprenticeship has given her future prospects a massive boost.


She said: “My apprenticeship was a great experience, learning new things every day while still working towards my qualification.


“Being able to do things hands-on was brilliant.


“On-the-job training is a great way of learning.”


Katy is now employed as a marketing and events co-ordinator at HIE and believes her apprenticeship training was hugely important in her getting that role.


She said: “Having my qualification and work experience in HIE definitely gave me an advantage.


“My Modern Apprenticeship really boosted my career prospects.


“I’m happy that I’ll always have it to refer back to and proudly show as a qualification.”


HIE development manager Stepanka Jurenova managed Katy during her apprenticeship and said: “Katy is very capable and, in addition to the admin support she provided to her colleagues, she also helped to manage a complex and high-profile project.


“This entailed dealing with inquiries, issuing project paperwork and processing claims.


“Katy also assisted with organising and running a number of events which I am pleased helped her to secure her next job with HIE.


“Her role was very varied and required a lot of multitasking, which was great work experience and enabled her to complete her qualification.”


Highlands and Islands Enterprise is committed to attracting, recruiting and retaining young people within the workforce, both across the region and as an employer in its own right.


As well as supporting Modern Apprenticeships, the development agency currently operates a one-year graduate placement programme which recruits up to seven people per year, offers opportunities for graduates and MAs to apply for vacant posts to continue their employment, and runs school and summer placements. In 2015, HIE became one of the first public-sector bodies in Scotland to achieve Investors in Young People (IIYP) accreditation.




The Scottish Building Apprenticeship and Training Council (SBATC) was formed in 1934 and is composed of employers’ and operatives’ representatives.


SBATC works in partnership with CITB and other managing agents to oversee the registration and administration of construction apprentices in addition to fulfilling the role of joint awarding body for a multitude of qualifications at SVQ levels 2 and 3 with the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).


The main purpose of SBATC is to regulate the training, wages and working conditions of apprentices in Scotland. In addition, the council also promotes and encourages the recruitment of apprentices within the building industry and advances best practice within the sector, assisting both the employer and apprentice to create an improved learning experience, ensuring consistency of training and therefore aspiring to achieve a fully qualified, competent and professional workforce.



YouTrain Ltd are leading providers of IT training and Microsoft training in Scotland offering a wide range of courses including MCSE courses, MOS exams and IT apprenticeships. We also offer a range of Modern Apprenticeships in business administration, web development, management and customer service.



Social enterprises are dynamic businesses with a social purpose that reinvest their profits for community benefit. It is a great way of doing business, contributes to a stronger economy and community and often promotes greener ways of working. Social enterprises operate across a diverse range of areas including: fair trade; recycling; catering; health and social care; leisure and childcare. The HI Social Enterprise in Schools Programme supports pupils to create their own social enterprise through a hands-on and immersive learning process that is fully compatible with the principles of CfE, DYW and BTC4.



To register an interest in attending or exhibiting at the show, contact Kerry Medford on 01382 426212

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